Patricia Ann Stansbury Anderson

June 11, 1934July 10, 2011

Mrs. Patricia Stansbury Anderson passed away on July 10, 2011 after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church on Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m. The family will receive friends following the service in the Asbury Room at the church. Mrs. Anderson was born on June 11, 1934 in Macon, Georgia, but spent most of her early life in Wake Forest and Durham, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Dale F. Stansbury and Mabel Heuser Stansbury. Mrs. Anderson attended public school in Durham, NC and graduated from Duke University with a degree in English. She studied in Spain on a Fulbright Scholarship. She received her Master’s degree in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and did additional graduate work at NC State and Appalachian State. She taught in the North Carolina public school system for 30 years. The last 18 years of her career were at High Point Central High School where she taught English and advised the yearbook staff. Pat was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed reading, photography, travel and sewing in addition to spending time with her family. She was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church where she served as a Stephen Minister and as a member of the United Methodist Women. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the PEO organization and was instrumental in founding the High Point chapter. Pat is survived by her husband of 45 years, Warren (Bill) Anderson, her three daughters, Martha Dobson and husband, Allen, of Mt. Pleasant, NC, Venetia Skahen and husband, Jim, of Concord, NC, Mary Riddick and husband, Michael, of Kinston, NC, grandchildren Robert, Elizabeth and Sara Dobson, Catherine and Rebecca Skahen, Molly and Matthew Riddick, and one great-grandchild, Kayleigh Dobson. She is also survived by a sister, Betty Ambrose and a close friend since high school, Becky Dukes of Hyattsville, MD. Her brothers, Alan and Gene Stansbury, preceded her in death. The family wishes to express special thanks to Pat’s caregivers for their devoted care: Tammy Wright, Amber Locklear, Mary Montgomery and Virginia Montague. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Hospice of the Piedmont or River Landing at Sandy Ridge. Sechrest Funeral Home of High Point is serving the family of Mrs. Anderson.


  • 10:00 a.m. , Thur.-July 14th- Memorial Service

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Frances Parker

July 24, 2011

Dear Venetia and family,
My sincere condolences for the loss of Mrs. Anderson. I have to say that she was my favorite teacher. I enjoyed her classes and getting to know another side of her in yearbook. I have been periodically updated on her condition by my parents and know that she is now resting in the peace and serenity that she so deserves. She was a fine woman.

Frances Jennings Parker (HPC class of 80)

July 17, 2011

To the family,
So very sorry for your loss. May God sustain you during this difficult time.--2 Cor. 1:3,4

Annette Lapas

July 13, 2011

Dear Mary and family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.


Patricia Stansbury

July 12, 2011

To Uncle Bill and the Anderson family,
May God be with you at this trying time. I'm sorry I can't be there with you and celebrate the wonderful person that Aunt Pat was to me and everyone she came in contact with. I'm proud to be named after her and will do my best to make her proud of the name we share.

I found great comfort in this poem I found after my father and brother passed on to the Lord above. May it bring you the same comfort.
God bless.
Patricia Alane Stansbury

"To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

Bill Anderson

July 12, 2011

I am expressing my deepest sympathies to you and your family and, in particular, my Uncle Bill. His love, vigilance and selflessness is a light for all to follow. Rarely does faith and love shine so brightly and God's will live without doubt. Your parents' love and devotion will live forever!