Life Story: Mary Anderson; Mother Of Rev. Sharon Culley

Mrs. Mary Anderson passed away on Nov. 13 at the Regency Heritage Care Center in Somerset.

Mrs. Anderson was born in Hope, Arkansas and lived there as a child. She lived for most of her life in Kansas City, where she raised her family and worked to support them. She was a small woman who had a tremendous spirit. Known as “Little Moma” to the many who loved her, she took delight in gathering all for Sunday dinners and holidays at her home.

She moved to Somerset in 2008 where she resided with her daughter, the Rev. Sharon Culley and her husband, the Rev. Tom Culley. She enjoyed meeting new people and the different experiences in Central NJ, especially those at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Edison, where her son-in-law Thomas is pastor.

She was predeceased by her first husband Leroy Robinson Jr. in 1961 and her second husband Ernest Anderson Jr. in 2000. She was also predeceased by her daughter Myrtle Hall and her siblings William Harris, Christine Jenkins, Ozzie Belle Austin, Roberta Harris, and Willa Belle Cooke.

Mrs. Anderson is survived by her children, the Rev. Sharon Culley and her husband Tom, Debra Robinson and Brian Robinson. She is also survived by a brother Jimmy Harris, along with her many grandchildren, great- and great- great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews and extended family.

Visiting will be held on the afternoon of Nov. 17  at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1087 Grove Avenue in Edison. Funeral services will follow next week at Lawrence A. Jones Funeral Home in Kansas City, MO and Mrs. Anderson will be interred at Lake Leavinworth National Cemetery in Leavinworth, Kansas.


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