MARISSA -- Barbara Anderton, 60, died Sept. 18, 2004, at Sparta
Community Hospital after a three-year battle with cancer.
She was born in St. Louis on Oct. 2, 1943, the first of nine children
of Jewell and Helen (Carr) Crawford. On Aug. 30, 1963, she married
James F. Anderton in her parents' home in rural Mount Vernon.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, James; a son, James R.
Anderton of Bellville; a daughter, Janet Wietlispach of Cedar Rapids,
Iowa; four sisters, Jewel Marlow and Tina Fuller of Mount Vernon,
Linda Smith of Farmington, Mo., and Rae Frazier of Texico; and four
brothers, John Crawford of Evans, Ga., Cranston Crawford and
Jim Crawford of Mount Vernon and Tim Crawford of Lakeland, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Barbara was a very loving and giving wife, mother, sister and friend
to many. She started working as a nurse's aide at Sparta Community
Hospital in 1978 and graduated from Licensed Practical Nurse school
in 1982. She continued working as a LPN at Sparta Community Hospital
until 1998, when she took a position at Family Health Care in Sparta.
Over the years, she has cared for and touched the lives of many patients.
Barbara had many friends in Marissa and surrounding communities through
her work at the hospital. She loved going to yard sales and flea markets
and collected Cherished Teddies. She brightened the lives of many with
her smile, her sense of humor, her gifts and her friendship. Despite her
illness, she continued being cheerful and optimistic, always thinking of
others' needs before her own. She is deeply loved and admired, and she
will be dearly missed.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at Faith Baptist
Church in Marissa. Burial will be in Marissa Cemetery. Visitation will be
from 5 to 8 p.m. today, at McDaniel Funeral Home in Sparta and from 9 to
11 a.m. Tuesday at the Faith Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to
Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc. or to the family.
Date: 22 Sep 2004
Source: The Southern Illinoisan
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman