Lucille Lu or Lucy G. Zachau Anderson

May 27, 1918September 3, 2012
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Lucille Grace Zachau Anderson died Monday September 3rd, 2012 at 1 AM in her apartment at Colonial Residence, in Centralia. She had lived in Centralia for nearly 4 years. She had celebrated her 94th birthday on May 27th of this year. She was born in Seattle in 1918 to Grace Gertrude and Hans Albert Zachau. Lucille, was the second child arriving on her brother Hans 3rd birthday. Grew up in Greenwood area and attended John B Allen Elementary and Lincoln High. Friends made became life long. She worked 10 key tabulating machines at Sears, Remington Ran and Weyerhaeuser.

Lucille met Laird (Andy) Anderson in 1937 and were married February 24, 1943. They lived in Alaska, Lake City and Edmonds. She also lived in Shoreline and Centralia. She loved to travel, swim, teach Sunday School and spend time with family.

Lucille is survived by her daughter Diane and husband, Ced. Grandchildren and (Spouses): Greg and (Claudine) Pruitt, Matt and (Lita) Pruitt, (Chad) and Cindy Carlson, (Jarrod) and Rebekah Oliver. Great - grandchildren: Kayla, Dillon and Dawson Pruitt, Andrew and Nicholas Carlson, Wyatt Oliver.

Lucille loved the Lord Jesus Christ and is now pain free, in heaven with Jesus. We rejoice with her home going.

As Lucille needed more care the last several months of her life, Assured Hospice did an amazing job helping her be comfortable. We appreciated their care for her. So in our appreciation to them we would like to give back. If you would like to give in her honor, see the information below:

Please send remembrances to: Assured Hospice 1821 Cooks Hill Rd Suite 200 Centralia, Wa 98531

Poems Read at the Graveside service - Chad Carlson, son-in-law officiating: Thanks for doing a wonderful service. WALKING WITH GRIEF Do not hurry as you walk with grief; it does not help the journey.

Walk slowly, pausing often: do not hurry as you walk with grief.

Be not disturbed by memories that come unbidden. Swiftly forgive; and let Christ speak for you unspoken words. Unfinished conversation will be resolved in Him. Be not disturbed,

Be gentle with the one who walks with grief. If it is you, be gentle with yourself. Swiftly forgive; walk slowly, pausing often.

Take time, be gentle as you walk with grief.

Lucille and I (Diane) quoted this Psalm often together in the last serveral months of her life - and several times a week the last couple of weeks. Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thour art with me: thy rod and thy stall they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Chad ended her service with this poem: WATCHING WITH ONE WHO IS DYING

Sleep now, sleep, and away with your sorrow, Sleep now, sleep, and away with your sorrow, Sleep now, sleep, and away with your sorrow, Sleep, my loved one, in the Rock of the fold.

Sleep, O sleep in the calm of all calm. Sleep, O sleep in the guidance of guidance. Sleep, O sleep in the love of all loves. Sleep, my loved one in the Lord of life. Sleep, my loved one in the God of life.

The sade of death lies upon your face, my loved one, but the Jesus of grace has His hand round about you; in earness to the Trinity farewell to your pains; Christ stands before you and peace is in His mind.

THE POEM WE CHOSE TO SAY GOOD-BYE God looked around His garden, And He found an empty place. He then looked down upon this Earth and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you, andliftedyou to res; God's garden must be beautiful He always takes the best. He knew you were in pain. He also knew in Heaven You would never hurt again. He saw the road was getting rough, And the hills hard to climb, so he closed your weary eyelids, And wispered "peace be thine." It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home.

The last song I heard my Mom play on her piano was the song we sang at both her Memoiral services.

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

I am weak but Thou art strong. Jesus keep me from all wrong. I'll be satisfied as long as I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Just A Closer Walk With Thee Grant it Jesus if you please. Daily walking close to Thee let me walk, dear Lord close to Thee.



  • Visitation Friday, September 7, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 8, 2012


  • Graveside Service, Memorial in Centralia

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Claudine Pruitt

October 6, 2012

I am so lucky to have been able to call Lucille Grandma. I loved going to her apartment and talking about music and crocheting and how much she loved Her family. it was a joy to spend time learning to play pinochle and share family stories. The thing that struck me the most was her unconditional love and acceptance that reflected Christ's love. I will miss seeing her and seeing her bright smile as we walked in the door. I am glad though, that instead of pain, she is in heaven rejoicing. I also want to say thank you for allowing me to call you Gramdma and giving me your love. Until we meet again!



Sheri Sandifer

October 4, 2012

I had only gotten to know Lucille over the last 4 years. What a wonderful "lady" she was.
When we would have our visits, I loved getting her to share her stories about her life. She loved to talk about her family. I enjoyed visiting with her, and especially liked it when I could get her to laugh.
She was a wonderful friend, and I will miss her dearly.

Chad Carlson

October 4, 2012

One of the first memories I had of Grandma was the whole coffee thing where she offered coffee in the afternoon and pulled coffee from the cupboard out of old thermos. Old stale coffee but she was never one to throw things away. She helped raise a beautiful young woman named Cindy and I will be forever grateful to her - for the way she loved and cared for those around her. She was a great example to those she loved. You will be be missed.


Greg Pruitt

October 3, 2012

Grandma loved the color pink, playing her piano, listening to music, playing pinochle, BLT sandwiches, and her Lord. It is nice to remember, and see the things she loved and remember her through them. She was one of the most Christ like people and prayer warrior a grandson could ask for. I know the whole time I was in the Navy, Grandma was praying for me. I will miss her.

Rebekah Oliver

October 3, 2012

I am privileged to be the youngest grandchild of Lucille Anderson. She was one of the only people to ever be allowed to call me Becky. I will always remember the hours and hours that I was able to spend with her during my young childhood. Living next door to her until I was 14 allowed for many days together. She was always willing to have me over for a few hours or a few days. We spent many happy times together, baking cookies, eating popcorn and orange juice, watching Lawrence Welk, doing our exercises, reading books, working in the garden and just enjoying each other's company. I always knew that she loved me and that no matter what, that wouldn't change. She taught me so many things, how to bake, how to tie my shoes, how to garden.
When she moved to Cristwood, it was really hard to not see her every day. It was fun though to go visit and swim with her at the pool there. We had some special times together while I was in high school at Kings and able to go visit her after school.
Over the years we went on some fun trips together, California, Harrison Hot Springs, Hawaii, and New Orleans.
I will always be grateful for this last year with her. It was such a joy to watch her with my son. On days when the pain was unbearable, just seeing Wyatt would make her smile. Seeing them together is something I will always remember. His little face would light up when he saw her. He loved to go visit her and play with her doll, Sally Ann.
She was such a huge part of my daily life growing up and she will continue to be in my mind and heart forever.

Matt Pruitt

October 2, 2012


I have to apoligize for all the jokes and pranks I played on you over the years; although I have great memories of those pranks. Like when I would fake getting hurt jumping off your deck, wake you up from a nap by banging on your window, giving back your checks after you paid me for yardwork, making up false stories about how far I went to get you some peaches, and lighting off fireworks in the parking lot. I will miss not being able to play that next prank!

It was always about the food! How good it was to get fresh crab or fish, how much better peaches were from Yakima, Pineapple from Hawaii, peas from your garden, or tomatoes from the vine. You always made meals taste better with the effort and special care. Cookies, pork chops and applesauce, BLT sandwiches, wieners, beets, cream peas, pineapple from a can, hard candy, almond roca, rootbeer, and banana nut ice cream.

We had so much fun on our trip to Hawaii, Laguna Beach, and our trip to Whidbey Island for grandparents day. I hope you are swimming or listening to the waves that you loved.

Thank you for all that you taught me and for being that special Grandma that was always there for me.

I will miss you
Your grandson,
Matthew ( you are the only one who got away with calling me that)

Ced Pruitt

October 2, 2012

I had the freedom of calling Lucille "Lu." That's what Andy called her. I don't think a guy could have asked for a better Mother-in-Law. She was always supportive of Diane and I and would tirelessly watch the kids so we could get away for business or pleasure. She was a great cook and gardener. She was also such a good sport when someone played a joke on her. Some of the time she didn't even realize that there was a joke. That would take the fun out of it. Andy played the most jokes on her - one of the ways he showed his love. But we all took part. She never got mad, just laughed with us. She was always misplacing Christmas presents for the grandkids. She'd hide them and forget where she hid them and not find them for months after Christmas. We've all done that, she just did it every year. She never forgot special occasions, though. She always gave me a card on my birthday, Father,s Day, and any other special day Hallmark could invent. Also, she was always up for a game of Pinochle. She won more than she lost, right up to the end. It was hard to see her loose her freedom a little at a time but she's got her freedom back now. She might even be driving around her last car, a silver T-Bird with a hood a block long. Probably had it repainted pink. Drive careful and be free.

Andrew Carlson

October 2, 2012

I remember swimming at her apartment and sitting in the hot tub with her. She used to give me rides on her walker. Great-nana gave me a Wii steering wheel for one of my birthdays. I liked playing games with her. She would always have ice cream bars for us when we would come visit. I know Great-nana loved me because she had pictures of me and the rest of the family around her apartment.

I love you Great-nana!

Love Andrew - 10 years old.

Nicholas Carlson

October 2, 2012

I loved my great-nana. She was always willing to play slap jack with me. She taught me how to play Flinch. She would sit and watch me play with my brother.

Love Nicholas - 7 years old

Diana Dennis

October 1, 2012

From a card by Diana Dennis:

"Dear Diane Ced and Family:
Our thought and hearts are with you as you begin a New Normal without Lucille. There will be times when you hear a noise - a song - or the phone rings and your a mind will immediately respond thinking of her, waiting to hear her voice before realizing that, until Heaven, you won't hear or see her again. It's going to feel "different", like something's misplaced, odd.

On the other hand, we realize Lucille is with her Lord Jesus and couldn't be happier. "Though we all know this it doesn't necessarily make her absence less felt. The really hard part is that individually each of you must walk forward - adjusting, grieving, remembering as you go. Thoughts will invade you when you least expect it, along with tears you didn't even know were there to be shed.

Our prayer for you is that you find comfort in the great memeories of Lucille. No doubt there are some family stories that will be repeated through the years ahead. Each holiday and family gathering will see odd at first, but as you share and remember you'll realize she has left you a legacy of love.

We love you all and are grateful for your lifetime friendship.

Tom and Diana"