CHESTERTOWN — Valerie Bessick Anderson of Chestertown passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, at the age of 70.
Born on March 19, 1948 in Chestertown, she was the daughter of the late Harrison Bessick and Helen Hamilton. She graduated from Garnett High School in 1966, and later attended Maryland State College in Princess Anne, majoring in art with a dream to be a fashion designer. Mrs. Anderson taught in the Kent County Public Schools system as an instructional assistant for 33 years, retiring in 2010. She touched many lives from working at Millington Elementary School, Chestertown Middle School and Worton Elementary School.
She attended Bethel AME Church from an early age and served in several capacities: Junior and Senior Choirs, Bethel-Lites, Bethel Mass Choir, Sunday school teacher, usher, church treasurer and Steward Board. Mrs. Anderson founded the liturgical dance ministry the Bethel Angels. She sang with the Souls of Faith, the New Inspirations and the 100 Voice Choir of Kent County. She was a proud member of Maryland Support Staff Teachers Union and was recognized as one of Maryland’s most influential teacher.
She was a dedicated member of Work in Progress Ministries in Millington. Elder Anderson was the mother of the church where she served
as Sunday school superintendent, choir member and leader of the Ministering Angels liturgical dance ministry. Her interests included drawing, painting, singing and dancing. She loved all kinds of music, especially Gospel. Elder Anderson’s favorite scriptures were Ephesians 6: 1-20, Psalm 139 and Psalm 24.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jay Christopher Anderson; a brother, Melvin J. Hamilton; and two sisters, Patricia L. Jones and Rosalind Hynson.
She is survived by a daughter, Jana Carter of Kennedyville; a granddaughter, Jiordan Carter of Kennedyville; an aunt, Lauretta Dotson of Baltimore; a sisterin-law, Shirley Hamilton of Chestertown; three nieces, Lauramae, Tracey and Kimberly; and two nephews, Arthur and Harold Jr.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at First United Methodist Church, 105 Mill St., Chestertown, where services will begin at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to join with the family after the service downstairs for a time of food and fellowship. Interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Kidney Foundation, 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 202, Baltimore, MD 21204.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.