Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, located at 6601 38th Ave. in Moline. Burial will follow at Greenview Memorial Gardens in Silvis.
Lena was born on Oct. 7, 1929 in Massac County, the daughter of John Henry and Letha Burnham Manley. She married Norman Hubert Anderson on March 29, 1945 in Metropolis.
Our mother leaves this earth to join her husband, Norman, in Heaven and be with our Lord. She leaves behind six children, 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The legacy she leaves this family is of the most precious kind, a set of values revolving around God and family. Both our mother and father never put anything above the needs of the family. Sacrifice for us was an everyday occurrence.
Our mother was our teacher from our earliest memories. We all learned to pray at an early age with our mother by our side, kneeling at the bedside teaching us the prayer which starts: “Now I lay me down to sleep…” She was by our side every day we went to school helping with homework and proud of whatever our accomplishments might be.
When we were in need of correction, which was often, her punishment was usually: “I am going to tell your dad when he gets home.” It was usually just a threat, and it generally worked.
The most valued lesson our parents taught us was the demonstration of unconditional love for their children, and that unconditional love didn’t stop at the children. It was demonstrated to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well.
Mother ended each day by praying for those around her in need, saying the Lord’s Prayer and reciting the 23rd Psalms.
Our parents’ home has been the center of our universe for nearly 65 years and as mother leaves us to join our father in heaven, the memories we have as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have left an indelible impression on our hearts that will never be forgotten.
We love her, miss her and are blessed she left us each other.
Survivors include her children, Norman H. Anderson Jr. and wife Marcia of Hot Springs Village, Ark., Phillip W. Anderson and wife Mary of Golconda, Beverly Susan “Susie” Jacks and husband Corky and Charles J. Anderson, all of Moline, Nancy Hendrix of Silvis and Melanie Jane Longest and husband Mike of Colona; four sisters, Mary Woods, Katherine Rider, Betty Bayless and Margaret Farris; and one brother, James Manley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman H. Anderson Sr.; two brothers, Paul Manley and Raymond Manley; and one sister, Annabelle Becca.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Faith Evangelical Church, where she was a member.