Our Beloved Auntie

March 22, 2011 at 4:11 am (Genealogy/Family)

Requiescat in Pace ~ La Fern S. Anderson

“IAM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die.— John 11:25″

On this day, March 25th 2011, we gather to celebrate the life of La Fern (Fern) S. Anderson, beloved sister and aunt. Fern was born in San Jose in 1921, to Charles and Editha Shields.  She had one younger sister, Gail Bartlett. Fern attended Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelors in English.  Afterwards, she attended UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in library science.  She was a gifted student, and had a knack for language. She lived abroad, in Guatemala, for a year and became fluent in Spanish.  She also worked as an Army Librarian in post-war Germany and could speak German fluently, as well. Fern married Paul Anderson, an English Professor at Cal Poly Tech.  They lived together in Morro Bay for several years, before finally settling in El Cerrito.  Her husband, Paul, had type 1 diabetes, and Fern cared for him as his health faded. After Paul’s death, Fern stayed active as a volunteer caring for stray pets and animals.  She was very active in the humane society.  She also had an artistic streak, and enjoyed making Christmas presents for children which she would donate to organizations like “Toys for Tots”. She had many beloved pets through the years, but was especially fond of her dog, “Tan-Tan”. In her faith she walked as a Methodist.

La Fern is survived by her sister, Gail Bartlett, and her two nephews, Charles and John Bartlett.  We will cherish our memories of her—the childhood memories she and Gail shared, the times they spent traveling through Europe together, the holidays our family always spent together, and her kind and generous character. Fern passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 18, 2011, at the age of 89. We were blessed by the time we had with her; she is with us still by spirit, and we will keep her always in our hearts.

“O LORD Jesus Christ, who by thy death didst take away the sting of death; Grant unto us thy servants so to follow in faith where thou hast led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in thee, and awake up after thy likeness; through thy mercy, who livest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.”

Donations may be made in her name to the Contra Costa Humane Society (925) 279-2247 ext. 303


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