ATASCADERO — Mary M. Anderson, 92, of Atascadero died on Oct. 29, 2012 after a brief illness
Mary was born in Denver, Colo., on April 25, 1920, to Fred and Jesse Potterville. She was one of four children and was preceded in death by her sisters, Margie Morris and June Phillips, and her brother Chuck Potterville.
She attended elementary school in Buena Vista, Colo., before moving with her family to Gardena, where she met and later married LaVerne West. Mary was just 16. They had three children and were busy meeting the needs of their family until LaVerne’s untimely death in 1950. Mary raised her three boys, acquired her high school equivalency and later worked in the cafeteria of several schools in Newhall and in Atascadero. She was the school kitchen supervisor, in Atascadero until her retirement in 1983.
In 1958, Mary married Joe Anderson. They belonged to the Moose Lodge RV Club had the opportunity to use their small motor coach to travel with friends to a variety of places including Lake Isabella and the Monterey coast.
Mary also had a chance to travel to England with a dear friend, and to visit her granddaughter who was living there at the time. It was truly a special highlight in her life.
Her husband, Joe, died in 2006 after they sold their Atascadero property and moved to a mobile home, also in Atascadero. Mary enjoyed getting to know her new neighbors, doing water aerobics and walking in the tree-shaded park.
Mary was a member of the VFW and Moose Lodge of Atascadero. She could sing like the sweetest bird and remembered all the words to many songs from the big band era. She enjoyed walking around Atascadero Lake with family and friends and made crocheted gifts for everyone. She was amazing — a kind, compassionate and loving woman with many life-long friends. She will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate to have known her.
Mary is survived by her sons, Vern West (Maryjo), Bob West (Janet) and Tom West (Phyllis); step-daughter, Kay Jones (Bill); eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service at the Masonic Center, 2607 Traffic Way in Atascadero, on Monday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend.For the complete article see the 11-07-2012 issue.
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