OBITUARY

Florence "Jean" F. Anderson

April 8, 1926March 26, 2013
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Florence Frances Anderson passed away on March 26, 2013 at Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington, joining her husband Raymond (Andy) and daughter Rae Marie Anderson. She was nick-named Jean ever since she played a character by that name in a high school play.

Jean was born on April 8, 1926 in Providence, Rhode Island, later to be adopted by Mertice and Arthur Bodle. She was self-confident and hard working. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life. She attended Cranston High School and Rhode Island School of Design.

On August 18, 1946, Jean exchanged wedding vows with her handsome sailor, Andy Anderson. Compassionate and devoted to Raymond, Jean held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She was the center of her family, and was never happier than when surrounded by her husband and children.

Jean was employed as a bookkeeper for 20 years at the University of Washington, retiring in 1989. After the death of her youngest daughter Rae, for whom she was the primary caregiver, she founded a guild for Children’s Hospital in her daughter’s name. In her younger years, Jean played the piano and taught ballroom dancing. Later in life, her favorite pursuits were gardening, dancing, and playing slot machines with husband Andy by her side.

Jean valued hard work, honesty and integrity spiced with a heavy dose of quick witted humor. She instilled these values in her children. Jean was blessed with five children, Rae Marie Anderson, Dona Anderson, Inga Bertman, Joshua Lee, and Matthew Anderson. In addition she had six grandchildren, Nathan Bertman, Amanda Bertman, Judy Anderson, Isaac Anderson, Ben Lee, and Sam Lee; two great grandchildren, Guy Bertman and Raelynn Bertman; many loving extended family and friends.

A Celebration of Jean's life will be held at Acacia Funeral Home, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98155 on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2PM.

Jean will be laid to rest, with her husband, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.

A generous woman has left our lives, but not our hearts. Jean will be forever missed by the many lives she enriched.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, April 7, 2013
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Florence "Jean" F. Anderson

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Nathan Bertman

April 10, 2013

Thank you Grandma for teaching us how live life with love and respect while fighting for what is right when necessary. You are missed.

Lori Anderson

April 7, 2013

Jean! You will be missed but always kept close in our hearts. You always emanated such joy and I loved laughing with you, and we always found something to laugh about! Your amazing children really show what an incredible woman you are. Love, Lori

Gary Johnson

April 6, 2013

Jean, always ready with a laugh and sage advice... My heartfelt sympathies to Jean & Andy's extended family. She will be in our hearts forever.

Rose & Tim Owens

April 5, 2013

Jean Anderson was a remarkable woman. She was married to the nicest man, raised a great family and was just so much fun. When Jean laughed, we all laughed. Her always spunky personality brought delight to gatherings. It was our pleasure to be acquainted with Jean.

She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Blessings to all.

Clemens, Dresden

April 5, 2013

When I met her, she made me feel very welcome. She was a smart, independently thinking and joke-cracking but at the same time very warm-hearted person.
In one word, she was GOOD.

Tom Bertman

April 5, 2013

It was my privilege and pleasure to see and visit with Jean. Her wit, laughter, and zest for life were always present. A testament to her and Andy is the quality of the fine family they raised. We should all do as well. Thank you, Jean.

My sympathies to each of you, Dona, Inga, Matt and Josh, and all Her family.

Rest in Peace, Jean.

Fred Bailey

April 5, 2013

I worked with Jean in the UW Grant and Contract Accounting Office for many years. Her major responsibility was preparing financial reports for submission to various Federal agencies. UW officials and faculty researchers appreciated Jean's accuracy and her desire to work with faculty to make certain their questions and concerns were addresses in a timely manner..
She was first to volunteer for other financial reporting activities when needed. Jean was a role model for younger people in the office. Her advice and counsel were important to them. Jeam was very approachable and occasionally stepped in to assist in resolving staff concerns. Her calming influence was appreciated by everyone in Grant and Contract Accounting.
Jean was an excellent employee nd a wonderful and caring person.

Pat and Herby Johnsen

April 1, 2013

Yes, this is a fabulous photo of Jean. We have always enjoyed visiting with Jean at the many family gatherings at Inga and Mike's and loving her generous laugh and stories. She will be missed.

Denise & Tom Disbro

April 1, 2013

What a great photo of Jean...we have many fond memories of her over the years. From playing BINGO many years ago to benefit Children's Orthopedic (boy could she play a lot of cards at once), to helping celebrate Jean and Andy's 50th wedding anniversary, to spending time chatting and laughing at MIke and Inga's house. Thanks for the laughs Jean. You've left a wonderful legacy in your family. Our sympathies and love to all. Denise & Tom Disbro

FROM THE FAMILY