Thelma Gay Simmons Anderson passed away August 17, 2016 in Morgantown, WV at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Tewana and Gary Burch. She was born April 9, 1922 in Webster County and was the daughter of the late Steve and Ida Carpenter Simmons. Along with her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband, Elbert L. Anderson, daughter, Vickie Beth Anderson; daughter in law Kristin Anderson; brothers, Arlie, Roy, and Dempsey Simmons; mother and father in law, Mary Beer Anderson and Ford Anderson, whom she took care of, he affectionately called her “Thelly”.
Thelma loved going to church and reading the Bible. She was a very active person. She always wanted to help others instead of them helping her. She donated time to helping the Hacker Valley Community Ramp Dinners by baking her famous “Hot Rolls”. She spent 14 years as a custodian for Hacker Valley grade School and also enjoyed babysitting. Her greatest joy in life was having her family around, most importantly the grandchildren. She always enjoyed cooking and baking for the family at holidays and reunions. She also enjoyed baking her famous “Hot Rolls” for her brother-in-law Ernest Fisher. She loved with her husband Elbert to family and friend’s homes to play music sing and eat.
Surviving are her daughters; Kathie Fisher and her husband Arnold and Tewana Burch and her husband Gary; sons; Elbert Anderson and his wife Nora and Jhan Anderson and his wife Samatha, grandchildren; Nikki McCutcheon, Bryan Burch and wife Heather, Jason Burch and wife Stephanie, Destry Anderson and wife Sharah, Lance Anderson Wilma Anderson, Shane Anderson and Tyler Anderson, step grandchildren Paige Cool and Kyle Riffle, great grandchildren; Jonathan Baxa and wife Rashona, Heather Baxa, Wesley Burch Ephraim Anderson, Ultressa Anderson and Leianorah Anderson; step great grandchildren; Casey Merrill and Logan Merrill, great great grandchildren, Zackary Gilray Dylan Williams and Dominick Williams; sister, Retta Fisher and her daughter Brenda Surber and a brother Eugene Simmons and wife June, several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs with Rev. Chris Cosner officiating. Burial will follow at the Hacker Valley Cemetery. Friends may call 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.doddreedfh.com.
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Anderson family.