Evelyn M Anderson
December 19, 1920 – November 20, 2018
Hannah Evelyn Manning Anderson, 97, of Manhattan Beach, California passed from this life onNovember 20, 2018. Burial will occur at 12:00 noon in Knoxville National Cemetery where she will be laid to rest alongside her late husband, Capt. Robert Warren Anderson. Family and friends will gather to honor and celebrate her life at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2018 in Berry Lynnhurst Chapel with Reverend Jodi McCloud officiating. Evelyn was born on December 19, 1920 in Tazewell, Tennessee to Bailey Gilbert Manning and Maggie Florence Rose. As a young girl she enjoyed spending time with her sisters and friends swimming in “The Sinks” in the Smoky Mountains National Park. She graduated from Alcoa High School and worked in the Alcoa Aluminum Plant during World War II as her contribution to the war effort. She began a restaurant with her mother and sisters in 1953 called “The Pioneer House” in Alcoa. With her sisters, Bonnie and Rose, the Pioneer House became the place to be with many celebrities enjoying the family style meals for which the restaurant was known. Evelyn loved to attend antique auctions to purchase important pieces for the front rooms of the restaurant which was a log cabin built in the early 1900s. Evelyn married the love of her life on October 24, 1947 in Marietta, Georgia, Lt. Robert Warren Anderson, while he was in the Army Air Corps. She remembered listening to his plane fly into the McGee Tyson Airport in Alcoa where he often appeared to see the young beautiful redhead in the family café called the Air Castle. Although she had many boyfriends, her pilot was her true love. He became the father of her twins and ended with a family of four children. Evelyn loved to travel and with her husband and daughters and saw the world on five continents. Her favorite photo is that of her on the Great Wall of China. She was a true adventurer who would board a plane without reservations at her destination so that she could stay and wander where ever she decided on the moment. She was not one to worry. She was always positive and loved to talk with people from all walks of life. Evelyn decided one day to “go ask for a job” to help put her daughters through college. With no experience, education, or knowledge about the field, she walked into the Cecil WoodsReal Estate Agency and walked out with a job. She was a very independent and thoughtful decision maker whether working with her family on the restaurant, contracting to build her own homes, or buying rental property for the future. She owned her decisions on a daily basis and loved to give advice to her children even as they were grown adults. Her best advice was to always think that you can do anything. She dearly loved her grandchildren who were her joy especially toward the end of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Anderson, her sister, Bonnie Shields, brother in laws Perry Shields and Alex Ridings, and parents, Bailey Manning and Maggie Rose. She is survived by her daughters Linda Anderson of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Kevin Dishman and husband John of Dallas, Laura Street and husband Joe of Amarillo, Texas, and Julie Siddons and husband Rick of Atlanta. She is also survived by her grandchildren Dr. Ryan Street and wife Janna of Amarillo, Shelley Coar and husband Bill of Denver, Tylin Senvardarli of Los Angeles, Maggie Holst and husband Henry of Alexandria, Virginia and great grandchildren Cale and Elianna Street and Ashton Coar. The family wishes to express their eternal gratitude to her caregivers both in Manhattan Beach, California and Amarillo, Texas as well as BSA Hospice of the Southwest in Amarillo for her loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials to be sent to Evelyn’s blessed missionary, Christa Hammaker, at WorldVenture, 20 Inverness Place, Englewood, CO 80112. Please reference International Partners # 6477-904 for correct placement of the memorial. Arrangements are under the direction of Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home, 2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville.
- Graveside Service Friday, November 30, 2018
- Celebration of Life Friday, November 30, 2018
Evelyn M Anderson
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December 8, 2018
Evelyn was a delight to visit with especially in the Street's home in Amarillo. She told me a lot of stories and shared some life experiences that always brought a smile. It was my pleasure to have made her acquaintance during the last few years of her life. God bless.