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Anna Rose Anderson marks 90th birthday

By Staff | Jan 9, 2015

Shepherdstown resident Anna Rose Anderson celebrated a milestone this week as her 90th birthday arrived Jan. 6. Several celebrations were held including a reception at Fellowship Bible Church in Shenandoah Junction where Anderson attends.

Dozens of family members and friends were on hand to offer greetings and share birthday cake and punch with the matriarch of the Anderson family. They were able to learn a little about Anderson’s life as they viewed a 90-year timeline complete with photos constructed by Anderson’s grandchildren.

The spry birthday girl attributes her long life to keeping busy and enjoying good health.

“It’s a blessing,” she shared. “Being with loving people and just keeping busy.”

The retired teacher joked that she has now been out of the classroom longer than she served in it. She began her teaching career at age 20 in Sykesville, Maryaland where she taught seventh grade Language Arts. She took a break from the classroom when she married and had a family, but returned in 1959 in Washington, Pennsylvania after the death of her husband. She later returned to Baltimore County in Maryland where she completed what would be a total of 28 years teaching.

Anderson retired in June 1985.

Since that time, she has indeed kept busy. She enjoys writing and pens poems for various occasions. Last December, she and great-grandson, Joe, collaborated on a self-published book entitled “A Critter’s Christmas.” Anderson wrote the text while Joe completed the illustrations.

“He loves to draw,” Anna Rose shared, “just as I love to write.”

Anna Rose and her husband, George, Sr., were parents to four children, Jeannie, who now lives in Clarksville, Tennessee; George, Jr., of Shepherdstown; Mike, of Hedgesville; and Steve, who was killed in an agricultural plane accident in 1997.

She is the proud grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 21.

“No great-great yet,” she laughed.

She enjoys spending time with people and has a heart for spreading the gospel around the world. Those who attended her gathering at FBC donated in her name to the church’s Mission Fund, at her request.