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January 18, 2014

Lena Myrtle Anderson

Lena Myrtle Anderson

MORRIS — Lena Myrtle Anderson, of Morris, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Betty Anderson, in Maryland, where she had been living.

Lena was born on April 4, 1930, in Edmeston, the daughter of the late James Avery and Edna (Davis) Palmater. Soon after Lena’s birth, the family moved to Otego.

She attended schools in Otego and Morris. From the age of 12 to16 she worked in her grandparents, Hap and Lena Davis' diner in Morris. This is where she met her husband, David W. Anderson Sr. They were married in Oneonta on July 2, 1949.

They lived in various locations in Oneonta in the 1950s. She loved working at Nick's Diner, where she worked for nine years and only left when the families moved to Afton. She worked briefly for Homer Folks, but left there because she had four small children to raise.

In August 1963, Lena and her family moved to Morris. Her husband, David started his own home improvement business and the family continued to grow to eight children. Lena loved being a Den Mother for her son's Boy Scout troops.

In 1982, Lena and David became snowbirds, going to Zephyrhills, Fla. Lena enjoyed this very much, and with all the flea markets there, she was in her glory.

Lena was a member of the Cooperative Extension where she learned upholstery, and took other classes as well. She volunteered for 30 years in the Floral Hall at the Otsego County Fair. Some of her passions in life were sewing clothing for her family, cardinals and Johnny Cash. Her greatest passion was being with her family.

Lena was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. She eventually went to live with her daughter, Betty, who was her caregiver until the end. Betty took wonderful, top quality care of her mother for which all her siblings are eternally grateful.

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