Va­lerie An­der­son

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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.

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