Charles Melville An­der­son

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Charles Melville An­der­son, 77, of Conowingo, MD, died Mon­day, Au­gust 8, 2016 at his res­i­dence. Born Dec. 21, 1938 in Bal­ti­more, MD, he was the son of the late Joseph John and Cather­ine El­iz­a­beth Eck­ert An­der­son.

Charles was em­ployed as a welder by Har­ford Sys­tems of Havre de Grace, MD. He is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife of 57 years, Marie Antoinette Back­ert An­der­son; son, Charles M. An­der­son Jr. and wife, Pamela, of Aberdeen, MD; daugh­ter, Kim­berly Ann Nis­tico and hus­band, An­thony, of Kansas; two grand­chil­dren; five step­grand­chil­dren; five great grand­chil­dren; brother, Joseph John An­der­son Jr.; and sis­ter, Cather­ine An­der­son Ritchie. Ser­vices will be pri­vate. Ar­range­ments by Lee A. Pat­ter­son & Son Fu­neral Home, P.A., Per­ryville, MD.

www.pat­ter­son­fu­ner­al­home chil­dren: Ju­dith E. Lusk, Bette Sue Schack (David), Shirley J. Weist (For­rest), Joseph E. Ay­ers, Wanda K. Walker, Vicki L. Bare, and Robert A. Ay­ers; 19 grand­chil­dren and 23 great-grand­chil­dren.

He­len lived most of her life in Ris­ing Sun, MD, and grad­u­ated from Ris­ing Sun High School. She mar­ried Wil­son in 1940 and shared a life of a dairy farmer for over 50 years. She was a woman ahead of her time with ex­traor­di­nary abil­i­ties and tal­ents that she ap­plied in an ex­cep­tional man­ner while manag­ing the fam­ily dairy farm busi­ness. Upon the sale of the farm on Mont­gomery Road, she and Wil­son con­structed their dream home — a brick rancher with a screened porch over­look­ing the farm and en­joyed many happy years liv­ing there. He­len moved again to the Fairview Apart­ments in Ris­ing Sun for 13 years before re­lo­cat­ing to St. Pete Beach, FL in 2013, with her daugh­ter, Wanda.

He­len and Wil­son were faith­ful mem­bers of Conowingo Bap­tist Church, Lan­caster County Farm­ers Club, Ce­cil County Farm Bureau and Ce­cil County Homemak­ers. She loved an­tiques and re­fin­ish­ing fur­ni­ture and vis­ited auc­tions and yard sales reg­u­larly. He­len was an amaz­ing home­maker and cook! Her kitchen was al­ways open to fam­ily and friends where de­li­cious meals were pre­pared from the gar­dens she planted. One of the most loved recipes is for her amaz­ing soft rolls — few can du­pli­cate. Her love of read­ing led her to nov­els by Ni­cholas Sparks and Jan Karon.

In later years, she loved ANY road trip and she and Wil­son vis­ited their daugh­ter Bette Sue sev­eral times in Cal­i­for­nia and also many trips to Florida. She en­joyed fam­ily cruises to the Caribbean (2009) and Alaska (2014). He­len loved ev­ery day she had in St. Pete Beach.

She was a very com­pas­sion­ate woman and pro­vided a lov­ing home for many foster chil­dren and later cared for her own mother, Dorothy, and sev­eral other elderly women.

Since 2013, she has en­joyed sit­ting in her rock­ing chair on the bal­cony and watch­ing the ac­tiv­ity on the water­way of Blind Pass and the beau­ti­ful sun­sets ev­ery night.

He­len was an amaz­ing mother, grand­mother, wife, and friend. He­len’s most cher­ished ac­tiv­i­ties were those spent with her fam­ily, friends and beloved grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren. She will long be re­mem­bered for her love, her com­pas­sion­ate spirit, the dig­ni­fied woman she em­bod­ied.

A visi­ta­tion will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fri­day, Au­gust 12 at R.T Foard Fu­neral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Ris­ing Sun, MD 21911. A cel­e­bra­tion of He­len’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, Au­gust 13 at Conowingo Bap­tist Church, 151 Rock Springs Road, Conowingo, MD 21918, where friends and fam­ily may visit be­gin­ning at 10 a.m.

To send con­do­lences, please visit www.rt­foard. com.

R.T. Foard Fu­neral Home, P.A. A Life Cel­e­bra­tion ® Home


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