Agnes D. Anderson, age 90 of Leesburg, FL, passed away from a stroke on November 8, 2020 at UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. She was born November 10, 1929 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Cecil and Margaret Batstone. She came to the United Sates at age 16 and graduated from Worcester, MA high school. She then went to Emmaus School, Oak Park, IL where she met her husband Dr. Norman Anderson. They were married in Worcester, MA in 1951. She spent some time in Boulder, CO and then moved to Brattleboro, VT. She and her husband retired to Florida their last home being Leesburg, FL.
She was a stay at home mother of three children. Later when they grew up she went to work in her husband’s chiropractic office as a bookkeeper and assistant. She was known as a good listener and counselor and mentored many young women. She and her husband started a home Bible study that grew into Community Bible Chapel in Brattleboro, VT. Through this she worked with children, youth, young women and taught Bible studies.
You cannot talk about Agnes without talking about her husband Norman. They were a team. Dr. Norman Anderson was usually the lead, working his way into the president or chairman of each organization he joined but it was Agnes who offered the support working with him in building his practice, raising a family and nurturing a church.
Agnes loved many things. She loved her husband and family. Loving, caring for and nurturing them was her main mission in life. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and in recent months delighted in hearing stories about them or seeing pictures of them. She loved her church family and her many friends.
Agnes was a voracious reader. She would devour a book and tell her husband what it said, constantly feeding him ideas. She cared about people and always looked for ways to generously help those around her. As a young family she was the glue that held the family together as her husband would go to work.
Agnes was a great cook and she often entertained people from around the country and even from abroad. She was called the “hostess with the mostess”.
She was a great mother. Her children knew she loved them and they could go to her any time for advice or counsel.
In Leesburg Agnes was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg. She was a counselor at the Pregnancy & Family Care Center and enjoyed counseling young people and couples with her husband.
She was predeceased by her husband in 2017 and her three siblings. She leaves behind her three children: Dr. Craig Anderson (Barbara), West Warwick RI, Janice Anderson, Leesburg FL, and Jeffrey Anderson (Kimberly), South Burlington VT; four grandchildren: Rev. Steven Anderson (Sarah), Centennial CO, Kristin Locke (Jimmy), Columbia CT, Mark Anderson, West Brattleboro VT; Olivia Anderson, South Burlington VT and five great grandchildren: Jaycie, Lia, Wadely, William, and Wesley; and many loving nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pregnancy & Family Care Center and the Men’s Residence of the Christian Care Center, 115 N 13th St, Leesburg FL 34748, christiancarecenter.org.