The WFP family is saddened by the news that Barbie Anderson – one of our co-founders and most energetic and enthusiastic supporters – has passed away . We are grateful for the years of support and dedication Barbie brought to the Wellesley Food Pantry and her wonderful spirit. She was truly a blessing for our organization and the Wellesley community.
Her obituary was published in The Boston Globe, excerpted here:
Barbara French Anderson, age 79, died on November 15 of ovarian cancer. She met this challenge with energy, optimism, and gratitude for the wonderful care she received at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She deeply appreciated her many blessings, family and loved ones in her life. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ron Anderson and her three children and their spouses, Susan and her husband David Stevens of Napa, Calif.; David and his wife Beth Anderson of Topsfield, Mass.; and Nancy and her husband John Robertson of Seattle, Wash. She is survived by eight grandchildren.
Barbie grew up in Newton and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1959. In 1960, she married Ron and devoted the rest of her life to the welfare of her husband, children, family and community. Barbie was a 2-time World Indoor Rowing Champion in her age group.
Barbie was an active volunteer in the community. In 1989, she cofounded the Wellesley Food Pantry. Over the past 27 years she helped the pantry grow from a small community service to a thriving enterprise which currently serves over 200 families. She has also been an active member of the Wellesley Congregational Church and worked as a Deacon at the time of her death. She served on the Board of Directors of YMCA Becket and Chimney Corners camps.
A funeral service will be held at the Wellesley Congregational Church, 2 Central Street, Wellesley on Saturday, November 19 at 11 am. Donations in her memory may be made to Partners in Health (pih.org, Partners in Health, P.O. Box 996, Frederick, MD 21705-9942) or the Wellesley Food Pantry (www.wellesleyfoodpantry.org, Wellesley Food Pantry, 207 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02481).
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