Billie Perry Anderton, 100, violinist and longtime member of Friday Morning Music Club

Billie Perry Anderton
Billie Perry Anderton

Billie Perry Anderton, 100, loving wife of the late retired U.S. Navy Capt. Henry L. Anderton, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Virginia Beach, where she was in the care of her daughter.

Billie started playing violin at the age of 11, playing recitals through her teen years. She graduated from the Birmingham Conservatory of Music, where she is still listed as one of 12 “notable students.” In the 1980s, she served as concertmaster for the Alexandria Symphony and she was a longtime member of the Friday Morning Music Club.

In her later years, she shared her musical gift by teaching at George Mason University and providing independent violin lessons for numerous students. Billie was a devoted Navy wife who served with the Gray Ladies and as a counselor for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. She was a longtime member of Calvary Methodist Church in Arlington and enjoyed providing musical accompaniment for services and other church activities. In August 2018, she grudgingly admitted her age and celebrated her centennial birthday at a gala outdoor party, surrounded by family and friends at her daughter’s farm in Pungo.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Webb Darden; sons, Stephen Anderton, and his wife, Cynthia Fox Anderton, of Millington Maryland, Mark Anderton, and his wife, Katherine Lunsford Anderton, of Virginia Beach, and John Anderton, and his wife, Susan Hunter, of Portland, Oregon; and numerous delightful grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

For 10 years before her death, Billie’s grand-niece, Christine Mendez, lived with her, providing companionship and a watchful eye on Billie’s well-being, for which the family is very grateful.

Billie Anderton was a strong and devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother and will be lovingly remembered.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 2315 S. Grant St., Arlington. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Friday Morning Music Club.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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