January 18, 1918 - February 21, 2015
Mildred Coley Anderson, 97, of Jackson, died on February 15, 2015.
Funeral services were at 3:00 P.M. at Covenant Presbyterian Church
on Friday, February 21.
Mildred Anderson was born January 18, 1918, in Shelbyville, KY, to
David Harrison Coley and Mary Elizabeth Brown Coley. With an early
love for music, she attended Science Hill Academy and graduated from
Atherton School for Girls. She then went on to major in Music and
Language at Eastern Kentucky University at Richmond. While at
Eastern, Mildred met and married her one love, T.J.H. Anderson.
Mildred had a passion for teaching and music. Her career as an educator
spanned 70 years, during which time she taught piano to countless
students in Jackson, and volunteered for 20 years to teach music
at the Mississippi Cerebral Palsy School. She was deeply involved
in the music ministry at her church, teaching children's choir,
directing the handbell choir, and teaching Sunday school. Later she
broadened her musical talent to include the pipe organ and shared
this talent by playing for local churches. Mildred's love and support
of the fine arts community was well-known; she was a charter member
and former board member of the Jackson Symphony League, a charter
member of the Opera Guild, a former president of the McDowell Music
Club, and a former treasurer of the Georgia Bailiff Scholarship Fund.
She was an enthusiastic member of the Jackson Chapter of the American
Guild of Organists (AGO) and served as Chapter Dean in four different
seasons (1968-69, 1970-71, 1975-76, and 1983-84). The 1970-71 term
was more significant than most, as the Chapter hosted the AGO Regional
Convention in the spring of 1971, which required a major effort from
the Chapter officers and members. She is greatly missed by the Chapter
and by all those who knew her.
Her social pursuits included tenures as president of the Federated
Women's Club, president of the Twin Pines Garden Club, and president
of the Mecca Luncheon Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J.H. Anderson and oldest son,
Dr. David H. Anderson, professor of mathematics at SMU, Dallas, TX. She is
survived by her son, T.J. Anderson (Gwen) of Jackson, and her
daughter-in-law, Susan B. Anderson of Dallas, TX; six granddaughters:
Cassie Anderson Smith (Carter), Kristi Anderson Redmond (Scott),
Shana Anderson, Adrienne Anderson Whaley (Jason), Chrissy Anderson Maggio
(Chris) and Ashley Anderson Heath (John); and eleven great grandchildren.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to
The Georgia Bailiff Scholarship Fund, 2660 Lakeland Drive,
Flowood, MS 39232, or Covenant Presbyterian Church 4000 Ridgewood Road,
Jackson, MS 39211.