Anna Eileen Anderson
June 22, 1947 – April 3, 2021
Anna E. Anderson Sunrise – June 22, 1947; Sunset – April 3, 2021
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I shall give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burdens light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Anna Eileen Anderson was born June 22, 1947 in Longmont, Colorado to Kenneth and Mary Jenkins Anderson, the eldest of their 4 children. She attended Longmont Public Schools and was active in both church and scouts as a youth. After high school she met and wed her first husband, Gary Adams, in 1966; this union gave them one son, Timothy Lee (Tim) Adams. They moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1969 but separated shortly afterwards. She then began working in hospitality where she would spend most of her career. She gave birth to her second son, John Paul Tease, in 1970. In the mid 70’s Anna began working in the technical sector as a planner for both electrical and aerospace engineering firms, including Texas Instruments and Tracor Aerospace, for nearly 15 yrs. It is also when and where she began her lifelong obsession with barbacoa and BBQ, margaritas, the Texas coast, and Jerry Jeff Walker. In the early 90’s, Anna relocated to Pennsylvania and went back into hospitality. It was there she met her soulmate and longtime husband Walter O. ‘Butch’ Gledhill, Jr.; they were married November 22, 1992 and were inseparable for nearly 29 years until her death. Though their union bore no children, they were both huge animal advocates and loved and cared for innumerable “fur babies” during their years together, giving them a life most of us could only dream of having. The two eventually moved back to Colorado in 1993 and took ownership of the Stone Mountain Lodge in nearby Lyons, CO. During their 7yr tenure they hosted many regular and long-term residents, including Bonnie Lee, who would become their ‘adopted’ daughter and lifelong friend. They eventually sold the business and moved back to Longmont to lead a less demanding and hectic life. She began working at Janie’s Cafe where she became a permanent fixture and nearly every patron who came in knew her by name. Anna was a people person to her core, and her warm smile and welcoming persona naturally made people instantly at ease. She became a mentor and friend to many young women who were instinctively drawn to her. Her crowning achievement, however, was the moniker of ‘Nana’ Anna with the welcoming of her three beloved grandchildren - Brionna Cecelia Adams, Brycen Kenneth Adams, and Braydon Lee Adams. They made her life complete and she lived for every one of them. Anna was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer in December 2020. A 3-time cancer survivor, she was a seasoned veteran and ready to take on the battle once again. Unfortunately, this would be her last; surrounded by loved ones and the angels she succumbed peacefully in her home on April 3, 2021 at the age of 73. Today, though our hearts are heavy as we painfully mourn the loss of a beautiful and kind spirit, we also celebrate a life lived fully and deliberately, shared selflessly with so many, and fondly cherished and remembered by those who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Mary; husband, Gary Adams; and brothers Kenneth (Brother Butch) and Brian Anderson. She is survived and celebrated by her faithful and beloved husband, Walter O. Gledhill, Jr.; son and wife Tim and Donna Adams and children Brionna, Brycen, and Braydon, of Bastrop, TX; son and husband John and Thomas Peckenpaugh Tease of San Antonio, TX; daughter and husband Debbie and Ray Murphy, and daughters Tori and Amanda, of Chalfont, PA; daughter and grandson Bonnie Lee and Harley Glantz of Longmont, CO; sister and brother-in-law Jane and Fabian (Fibie) Sandoval and sons Fabian Jr. and Adam of Longmont, CO; and niece Carmen Anderson of Aurora, CO, along with a host of other relatives, family, and friends. No services are being held at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made on Anna’s behalf to either the Longmont Humane Society, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, CO, 80501, or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. The family wishes to extend its most heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the outpouring of love and support throughout her illness and during this difficult time.