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January 18, 2014

Lena Myrtle Anderson

The Daily Star

---- — 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.

Lena is survived by her sons and their spouses, Robert and Sharon, David and Mary, Bill and Anita, Tom and Cindy, and Rodney; her daughters, Phyllis Stone, Debbie and Betty. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Fred West; her sisters, Marie Bates and Lorraine Caplette; and many special friends, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, David; her brothers, John and Russell; her sisters, Marian, Beverly, Carol, Guila and Suzanna; and her grandson, Lynn Stone.

Friends and family are welcome to visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, at which time her family will be in attendance.

A graveside service will be held in the spring, when she will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Hillington Cemetery in Morris.

In lieu of flowers, Lena’s family requests that charitable donations be made in her memory to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820; and/or the Otsego County Fair Association, P.O. Box 469, Morris, NY 13808; and/or to the Alzheimer's Association of America, Leatherstocking Region, The Meadows Suite 2, 140 County Hwy 33W, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.