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.