Obituary: Hester Marie Ray Anderson

Friday, April 2, 2010

Hester Marie Ray Anderson, 90, of Lewisburg, formerly of Huntsville, Ala., died Monday, March 29, 2010, at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Fla.

Born on February 18, 1920, in Hurricane Creek, Ala., Marie was one of 12 children of Morgan and Beatrice Ray. Her profession was that of a beloved wife for 66 years and mother of three.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Anderson, 2004; son, Jim, 1999; and daughter, Carol Jo, 1954.

She is survived by her daughter, Bennie Bell and her husband Don Moore of Merritt Island, Fla.; six granddaughters, Rhonda Bell of Burbank Calif., Leigh Scott of Merritt Island, Fla., Brenda Allen and her husband Andrew of Safety Harbor, Florida, Stacie Vengrouskie and her husband Fred of Decatur, Ala., Jamie Schultz and husband Owen of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Jennie Anderson of Knoxville; 12 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Nic, Meredith, Ben, Paige, Morgan, Mac, John, Lauren, Ethan, Matthew, and Evan; one great-great-grandson, Sky; and two sisters, Irene Asakawa of Portland, Ore. and Katy Jo Tondu of Houston, Texas. How fortunate we were, so blessed, so lucky to have her in our lives!

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 3, at Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home. The viewing for family and friends will be at noon, followed by the service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. in Locust Grove Cemetery, Locust Grove, Ala.

Memorial donations may be made in Marie's name to The American Heart Association.

You may sign Mrs. Anderson's online registry at