Alma Virginia Bell Anderson, 88, of Virginia Beach, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, of natural causes.
Alma Anderson was born Feb. 9, 1931, in Roanoke. She graduated high school in 1949 from Jefferson Senior High School in Roanoke. She continued her education at Randolph Macon Woman’s College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and Art. Additionally, she completed teacher certification training at both Roanoke College and the University of Virginia.
She met her husband, Joe Keller Anderson, on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, and they were married on Nov. 19, 1955. They were married 61 years.
Alma initially worked as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher, spent many years as a full-time mother while also substitute teaching and had a stellar second career for 23 years as a real estate agent for Goodman Segar Hogan.
Her loving and blithe spirit shined in the presence of an accomplished life that included being head cheerleader of Jefferson Senior High School, a member of Phi Mu Sorority at Randolph Macon Woman’s College, serving as a May Court attendant, founding member of the Fairfield Garden Club (serving one term as president) in Virginia Beach, president of the Women of Galilee and leader of the Bishop Gunn Circle.
Alma is survived by her daughter, Laura Jacobson (husband, Ron); son, Alan Anderson (wife, Denice); grandson, Garrett Jacobson; and many beloved family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments Inc., located at 2002 Laskin Road. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at Galilee Church with the Rev. Patrick Bush officiating. Interment will follow the memorial service in the Galilee Memorial Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Alma Anderson at Families of Autistic Children of Tidewater, 120 S. Lynnhaven Road, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA, 23452.
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