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Barbara Spearman Anderson

Barbara Spearman Anderson

March 13, 1933 - February 20, 2019

Barbara Jean Spearman Anderson passed away on February 20, 2019. She was born on March 13, 1933 in Lawrence, Kansas to Rose Ann Hutcherson Spearman and John Leland Spearman, becoming the youngest of eight children. <br /> <br /> Barbara married Fred "Freddie" Anderson on May 2, 1954 in Lawrence, Kansas. From this union four children were born: Rosanne Anderson Smith, Ruth Anderson Miller, David Arne Anderson, and Kristin Anderson Collins. <br /> <br /> Barbara was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, graduating from Lincoln Memorial High School in 1951. She earned a degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Kansas in 1955 and worked as a dietician at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She subsequently earned a Master's degree in Education, becoming an educator in the Chicago Public Schools. Her love of educating youth, led her to teach in Chicago Elementary schools for 27 years. She was a member of the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church (Pastor J. Leon Thorn) for many years. Barbara was a member of Omicron Nu Honor Society and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. <br /> <br /> Barbara embraced family, providing joy, laughter, love of reading, travel experiences, and excellent home cooking to her husband, four children, and seven grandchildren. A gourmet cook, she enjoyed trying out new recipes to the delight of everyone, who couldn't get enough of her homemade pizzas. Her recipes for Beef & Vegetable soup, rolls, and cinnamon rolls were published in the "Occasions to Savor" cookbook by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (2004). She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, friends, and travel. In recent years, Barbara enjoyed spending time at the Among Friends Adult Daycare in Chicago and visiting family in Knoxville, Tennessee. <br /> <br /> Barbara's love of travel started in childhood and took her on journeys worldwide with family and friends. A consummate travel planner, she was delighted to organize trips to Mexico, the West Indies, Africa, Europe, and locales across the United States continent. She was always up for planning her and dad's annual couples vacation with the Harris and Upchurch families. Airline, cruise and vacation brochures covered with notes of dates and times in mom's neat cursive writing, could always be found on the dining room table. Barbara cruised in recent years to Mediterranean destinations in Greece, Africa, Croatia, Italy, France and Spain; she journeyed through the Panama Canal; and visited Asian ports from China, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand to Singapore. <br /> <br /> Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, Fred Anderson; parents, Rose Ann and John Spearman; sisters, Mendota Mae Moseley, Margaret Louise Spearman, Mildred Lebrilia Spearman & Marion Minerva Lindsey; brothers, Leland Spearman, William "Billy" Leslie Spearman & John Hutcherson Spearman; and niece, Melanie Spearman. <br /> <br /> Barbara leaves to cherish her memories children, Rosanne Smith (James), Ruth Miller (Keith), David Anderson (Marla) & Kristin Collins (Craig); brother-in-law, Ronnie Anderson; grandchildren, Aisha Miller, Isaiah Miller, Jared Smith, Corey Smith, Cameron Collins, Quinn Collins & Kieran Collins; many Spearman and Hutcherson nieces, nephews, and cousins. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. <br /> <br /> Visitation will take place at Taylor Funeral Home, 63 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60619 on Friday, 1 March 2019 from 2:00 - 8:00 pm. A celebration of Barbara's life will be held at St. James A M E Church, 9256 S Lafayette Ave., Chicago, IL 60620 on Saturday 2 March 2019, beginning with a wake at 10:00 am and Home going Service at 11:00 am. Family and friends will fellowship at a repast following the service at St. James A M E. <br /> <br /> In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation ( By Mail: 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor New York, NY 10017; phone: 1-800-259-4636. <br /> <br /> The Anderson, Collins, Miller and Smith Families wish to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all our relatives, friends, and many well-wishers, for your prayers, calls, visits, contributions, and support provided us during the time of our bereavement. Your support during this very difficult period of our lives, helped us deal with our loss. We sincerely thank you.

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