Rachel Hollingsworth Anderson

August 26, 1916May 31, 2012

DENISON – Rachel Anderson, 95, of Denison passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Houston.

Funeral services will be held at First Christian Church, 800 W. Woodard St., Denison, TX 75020 on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. with Steve Chambers officiating and assisted by her nephew Robert Belew of Quincy, Ill. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park, 5805 Texoma Parkway, Sherman., TX 75090.

Rachel was born August 26, 1916 in Howe, Texas to Robert and Frona Hollingsworth. She married LeRoy Anderson, Jr. on August 30, 1942. She was a school teacher in Denison for 40 years and taught at Central Ward Elementary School and Denison High School. She was a caring and giving person and active in many professional and educational organizations. She was a long time member of the First Christian Church in Denison.

She is survived by her son Bob Anderson of Houston, Texas, daughter-in-law Young Anderson of Houston, Texas; sister Roberta Anderson of Corpus Christi, Texas; four grandchildren, Cindy Anderson of Paso Robles, California, Tammy Anderson of Alaska, Kimberly Anderson and Michael Anderson of Houston, Texas and 3 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband LeRoy Anderson, Jr. in 1975; parents; two brothers, Leroy Hollingsworth in 1977, Dwight Hollingsworth n 1947and sister Reba Belew in 2007.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard St., Denison, TX 75020, (903) 465-2323. On line condolences may be made to the family at



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Kaye Whitson

September 14, 2012

She made my early years of teaching so much more desirable, as well as easier.

Richard Green

June 20, 2012

I remeber being fearful ending 3rd grade knowing I might be in her class the next year. As it turned out, she quickly became my favorite teacher of all and I remember her fondly. She would buy the class popsicles when everyone made a hundred on our spelling test. I was the lucky one chosen to make the quick trip across the street to buy the reward. I would hug her today if I could!!

toni eme munoz

June 20, 2012

mrs. anderson will hold a special place in my heart. she taught all three of us in elem school. i will always remember you. love toni

Danny Flanery

June 17, 2012

Mrs. Anderson made such a huge impression on so many of us. So much has changed in the world since 1949, but she was always so steady and focused. Bob my prayers are with you.

Susan Little

June 12, 2012

She was a great teacher and remembered well. She added value to our young lives. Blessings to all.

Juanita Hughes

June 11, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

June 6, 2012

I have often thought about Mrs. Anderson and wondered where she lived. I don't live in Denison anymore but visit often and every time I pass by Central Ward my thoughts of being in her 1st grade class flash before me.She was so tiny, petite, neat, sweet and a wonderful caring teacher. She cared about every student. I have a picture of her around here somewhere that I just ran across recently. My thoughts and prayers are with her whole family. You should be very proud of the impact she made on so many students lives. Class of 50-51.

Clydette (Cassidy) Spaulding, Greenville, TX

Gail Ringness

June 5, 2012

Such a spunky litttle English teacher. Loved her.

Cynthia Mabary

June 5, 2012

Ms. Anderson was just the neatest teacher and customer I ever had. She was so graceful yet strong. I always enjoyed seeing her everywhere I went, she was very active right till her depature from us. Adoration is what I have left.

JoAnn Ciaccio Nichols

June 5, 2012

Mrs. Anderson was a beautiful lady. She was my high school teacher and I adored her. Always smiling and a heart that was bigger than the world itself. She was definitely one of a kind!
JoAnn Ciaccio Nichols