Erma Marion Anderson

Oct. 24, 1916 – Oct. 10, 2014

TOPEKA—Erma Marion Anderson, Topeka, entered the gates of the Gloryland Oct. 10, 2014, just two weeks short of her 98th birthday. She was 97.

She was born Oct. 24, 1916, in Osage County. She taught school in Osage City prior to her marriage to Andrew Lawrence Anderson on June 15, 1938. They moved to Topeka, where they owned and operated the Bible Supply and Gift Shop in downtown Topeka.

She was Andy’s right-hand at the Bible Supply, a mother to their three children and a devoted member of the Brookwood Covenant Church, where she sang in the choir and played the organ for many years.

She was a member of the Country Quilters, Gideons Auxiliary, and the Christian Bookseller’s Association. Her passion was sewing and at age 96, she was still making sure each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren had their own personal quilt.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1983; a brother, Marvin Peterson; and a son-in-law, Harold Classen.

She is survived by a son, Ted Anderson and wife, Vicki, Strafford, Mo.; two daughters, Judi Classen, Topeka, and Rosemary Williams and husband, Stephen, Tecumseh; a sister, Corinne Edwards, Lebo; a sister-in-law, Erna Peterson, Osage City; and was blessed with nine grandsons, Daren Anderson and wife, Brenda, Kevin Anderson and wife, Linda, and Brendan Anderson and wife, Carrie, Classen Anderson, Kent Anderson and wife, Jennie, Mark Anderson and wife, Pamela and Bret Anderson and wife, Kelly, Daniel Williams and wife, Cyndi, David Williams and wife, Erica and John Williams and wife, Becky; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She will lie in state 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at Brookwood Covenant Church, 3601 S.W. 33rd St., Topeka. Private graveside services will be at Topeka Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Topeka Youth for Christ, Topeka Rescue Mission, Gideon’s, or the Brookwood Covenant Church and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 S.W. Sixth Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.

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