October 15, 1941 - July 18, 2020
After a long fight trying to recover from several falls resulting in multiple injuries and surgeries, Betty entered hospice in late June and at age 78, died peacefully on July 18, 2020. Greeting her with open arms is her treasured husband, Thomas Edward Anderson; daughter, Wa-Tonya Lewis; and stepchildren, Sonja and Edward Anderson. She leaves behind her sons, Randy Canady and Donald (Chloe) Anderson; her cherished and missed grandchildren, Joshua (Laura) Lewis, Elizabeth (Mike) Ann Mitchel, Leah Hooker; and her many beloved great-grandchildren, Allyssa Wa-Tonja Lewis, Matthew Tyler Ingram, Elianna Belle Mitchell, Evelina Grace Mitchell, Allice Hooker, Alexis Lewis, Olivia Lewis; expected grandson, Colton Lewis; sister and best friend, Wanda Lemke and brother-in-law, Robert Lemke who tended to her like angels in her final years; sister, Jeanette Clark, brothers, Dono and Roy Moss; nephew, Robert Lemke Jr (Tiffany Williams); niece, Alicia (Nicholas) LaForce; and all their children, Braydon Lemke, Oliver LaForce, Elliott LaForce, Ayden LaForce, Antonio Williams and Mariah Williams who she loved as though they were grandchildren of her own.
Betty enlisted in the US Army in 1961 where she proudly served as a nurse until she met the love of her life, Thomas. Betty lived in many places across America, but always let it be known that she was a proud Texan, who took great pride in offering warm southern hospitality to friends and strangers alike from a simple cup of coffee to her delicious pineapple upside down cake. Making people feel welcome, included, and special was something she excelled at. Family was the most important thing to Betty, and she expressed this love by crocheting beautiful afghans and hunting down small treasures at garage sales that would win smiles from those she held dear.
Betty spent a lot of time at VA medical facilities in her final months. The dignity and high level of care she was afforded by the staff and volunteers there was exceptional. The Anderson and Lemke family thanks all the VA staff who provided vigil, kindness and professionalism to us during this difficult time.
Betty will be laid to rest with her husband in Ocala, FL at a later date.
To honor Betty, we invite you to volunteer or donate to the Veteran’s Administration, for more information please visit: https://www.volunteer.va.gov/