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A very caring and giving mother, grandmother and friend Lena Nora Mullins Anderson, daughter of Jim and Sarah Wheeler, was born on May 15, 1912 near Willow Springs, Mo., and passed away on Jan. 26, 2009 in the Rocky Ridge Manor in Mansfield. She was 96 years of age.
She married Ray Mullins and to this union two daughters, Evelyn and Maxine, were born. After Mr. Mullin’s death she later married Jake Anderson who also preceded her in death.
Lena loved gardening, canning and sharing her cooking talents with her family. She also enjoyed fishing, and spending time with her family and visiting with her friends. She really looked forward to big family gatherings and for many years prepared lunch every Sunday after church for her family. It didn’t matter how many showed up she always had plenty to eat for everyone.
She loved church and was a member of the Mountain Grove Church of Christ. She was a very caring and giving mother, grandmother and friend.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Sarah Wheeler, of Willow Springs; her brother, Bob Wheeler, of Norwood; her sister, Eulah Mullins, of Parma, Idaho; her daughter, Maxine Ellsworth, of Norwood; and her grandson, Max Anderson, of Davenport, Iowa.
She is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Anderson and husband, Norman, of Norwood; four grandchildren, Steve Anderson and his wife, Sandy, of Norwood, Larry Anderson and his wife, Carol, of Mansfield, Sandy Peterson and husband, Steve, of Mtn. Grove, and Mike Roy and his wife, Patty, of Branson; nine great-grandchildren, Matt Anderson and wife, Stephanie, Niki Edwards and husband, Tony, Jeremiah Peterson and wife, Shannon, Donny Anderson, Brandi MacDougall and husband, Evan, Luke Anderson and wife, Angie, Andy Peterson and wife, Katie, Joey Peterson and Megan Roy; and six great-great grandchildren, Gracie Anderson, Samantha Peterson, Brady Anderson, Sophee Peterson, Kelby Goetz and Kelsy Goetz; one brother, Ed Wheeler and his wife, Delphia, West Plains; two nieces, Jan Sukow and husband, Dale, of West Plains, and Kim Wiley, West Plains; and one nephew, Frankie Mullins and wife, Lila, of Parma, Idaho; and other relatives and friends who will miss her.
Funeral services for Lena Nora Mullins Anderson were held on Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Craig-Hurtt-Funeral Home in Mountain Grove with Larry Yarber officiating.
Congregational song selections were “Victory In Jesus,” “Shall We Gather At The River,” and “Where The Soul Never Dies.” Terry LaBaron served as song leader. Pallbearers were her great-grandsons Matt Anderson, Jeremiah Peterson, Donny Anderson, Luke Anderson, Andy Peterson and Joey Peterson. Honorary pallbearers were her great-granddaughters Niki Edwards and husband Tony, Brandi MacDougall and Megan Roy. Burial was in the Thomas Cemetery, Norwood, under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.
Online condolences: www.craig hurttfuneralhome.com.