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Pansy Sue Anderson
May 31, 1943 ~ July 17, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Pansy Sue Anderson was born on May 31st, 1943 in Clayton, Oklahoma to Hettie Poe and Richard Carroll and passed away on July 17th, 2023 in Grapevine, Texas at the age of 80 years old.
Pansy was born in Clayton Okla and the story goes that her mom didn't have a girl name picked out, so she went outside and saw pansies blooming and that was it! Pansy grew up on a ranch outside of Clayton, helping her dad with the animals and farm chores. She had one older sister, Dixie. Pansy graduated from Clayton High School and headed to Durant to go to Southeastern State College. There she met Bill Anderson, the tall, slim, wavy haired chemistry major from Kemp, Okla. He was smitten and pursued her until he caught her. They eloped to Nacogdoches, Texas on July 3, 1962.
Pansy was a beautiful, elegant woman who always turned heads with her bleached blonde updo, dark eyebrows and blue eyes. Bill and her moved to Stillwater OK after he graduated from Southeastern. At OSU he got a Masters in Mathematics and it was there that their first child was born, Jennifer Pauline. Upon graduation they moved to Sherman TX where Pansy was a devoted mother and Bill taught at Sherman High School and Austin College. It was in Sherman that their second child was born, Eric Ray June 1966.
From Sherman, Bill was accepted into the Doctorate program at University of Texas, Austin. They moved to Austin while Bill completed his PhD in mathematics in three years. Pansy cared for the children and took in some others as well for a little extra money. After Austin, 1969, was their move to Commerce, TX where Bill was hired as a Math Professor at East Texas State University. This is where they put down roots for 20 plus years and raised their family.
Pansy was a devoted mother,wife and Christian. She took great pride in her home and caring for her family. Cooking was her forte and everything was from scratch! In the summers, Pansy had a childcare business with a friend. For several years she was the hostess of the Faculty Lounge on the campus at ETSU. In her late 30s Pansy began taking acting classes in Dallas. She did this for several years and became an "extra" on the very popular show at the time, Dallas, featuring the Ewings.
After Commerce, they moved to the Dallas/Ft Worth area for several years, and then to Charleston SC. They lived in the growing town of Mt. Pleasant for almost 30 years. Pansy loved walking on the beach, gardening and enjoyed the southern charm and culture of the Lowcountry. Their last move was back to McKinney TX in 2018.
Pansy was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Hettie, sister Dixie and husband, Bill.
Pansy is survived by her son, Eric and his wife Kim, their six children and five grandsons; daughter Jennifer, and her husband, Roger and their three children.
A family memorial service will be held Spring 2024, details TBA.
Psalm 107:23 He caused the storm to be still, so that the waves of the sea were hushed.