LIBERTY, Mo. — Florence Irene Anderson, 96, of Liberty, Missouri, passed away on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Ashton Court Care Center.
Florence was born Nov. 14, 1922, to James and Gladys (Reedy) Johnston in Bartlett. As a young child, she helped her family around the farm. She enjoyed riding horses and rounding up the cattle. She left school after eighth grade to help on the farm full time.
In 1940, when she turned 18, she married Lloyd Anderson. She traveled the country with him for several years while he worked on the pipeline. In 1962, Florence moved back to Southeast Kansas, where she continued to raise her family. She went back to school with her daughter, Deborah, and in 1969, the two ladies graduated together.
In 1972, Florence moved with her children to Liberty, Missouri. She worked briefly for William Jewell College before working for the prosecutor’s office, where she retired. She enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking and gardening, but her first love was her family. Florence’s family was always No. 1.
Florence is preceded by her parents; two daughters, Loy Dean and Deborah Beth Anderson; her great-grandson, Garrett; a brother, Ernest Johnston; and a sister, Mildred Bennett.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Gibby of Liberty, Missouri; and a granddaughter, Karibeth (Gary) Tamme of St. Louis. She also leaves behind two great-grandchildren, Kallista and Colton Tamme; and nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Church-Archer-Pasley Funeral Home, 119 E. Franklin St., Liberty, Missouri. The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bartlett United Methodist Church, with burial following in Lake Creek Cemetery, Bartlett.