On Dec. 19, 2018, Audrey Frances Parker Anderson stepped into the loving arms of her Savior and her sweetheart of 66 years, Odell Anderson, who passed away in 2013.
Audrey was the precious mother of five children who honored her in a way that is rare today. They, along with their spouses, were able to care for her in her own home that she loved – what a wonderful tribute of their devotion to their deserving mother.
Since their marriage in 1946, Audrey and Odell served the Lord as members of the Church of God in Louisiana and were loved by wonderful friends in the Pelham and Alabaster Church of God after moving to Alabama in 1997. Pastor Ken Stroup was such a loving pastor to them, as were so many others during their last 70 plus years in the church. Their children and their families are so thankful for their heritage…what a testimony of faithfulness in serving Christ. Life will never be the same for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Their five children are Sharon (Joe) Verdel, Janet (Darvin) Fred, Carol (Mike) Pope, Mike (Jan) Anderson, and Mark (Glenda) Anderson. Their 13 grandchildren are Jennifer (Joey) Swanson, Kristy (Micah) Voraritskul, Kelli (DJ) Chord, Tracy (Todd) Long, Amber (Josh) Howe, Karyn (Kenny) McCormick, Derek (Rachel) Anderson, Jared (Amber) Anderson, Jamie (Conrad) Cain, Phillip (Christy) Anderson, Ryan Verdel, Heather (Jacob) Mashburn, Dustin (Alyssa) Anderson. They were also proud to have 27 great-grandchildren, Abby, Bella and Luke; Ethan and Molly; Brandon, Alex, Ashley and Addie Beth; Audrey and Greyson; Vesta and Sylas; Jordan and Eli; James, Patrick, William and Benjamin; Evan, Lyla and Ava; Ethan and Lacey; Gabriela and Tate; and Atticus.
We are so grateful to those who cared for her after her stroke, especially Z and Rory from Kindred. Leslie, LeAnne, April, Gayla and Chaplain Lee, all with SouthEast Hospice were such a blessing. You are the most caring group of people who truly love your patients. We cannot express enough love and appreciation to Remonia (Phyllis) Vines…we call her our precious angel. Mother and all of us truly love Mrs. Phyllis and know that she was an answer to our prayers in helping us care for Mama. We were so blessed by so many who found it so easy to love our dear mother.
A family gathering and visitation was held on Dec. 27, 2018, at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville.