Roberta Hartwell Anderson, age 93, died May 28, 2022 at Silver Maples in Chelsea. She was born February 8, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Robert R. and Mabel (Hargrove) Hartwell. Roberta graduated from North Dakota State University in 1951 and was married to Edwin F. Anderson that same year. Roberta loved her home and homemaking. Roberta was very active in her church and community for most of her life. She served leadership positions in the Methodist churches in Dearborn, Michigan and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She also taught Sunday School and was Junior High youth leader. She was on the Speaker's Bureau of the League of Women Voters (Welfare Reform). For many years she was active with a social worker in southeast Dearborn where she was a member of the Southeast Dearborn Community Council. This was one of her favorite memories of volunteer work. Roberta served as president of her P.E.O. Sisterhood chapter and president of the Dearborn Junior Winter Study Club. Roberta enjoyed playing bridge and traveling with her husband.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons: Gary Alan (Lisa) of South Bend, Indiana, and Thomas Craig (Karen) of Highland, Michigan. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Christopher, Sarah, Mathew (Angelica) and Craig; two great-grandchildren Elizabeth and Jacob.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 1 from 3-5 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel.  Her memorial service will be Thursday, June 2, 11:00 am at Silver Maples of Chelsea (in the Maples Room), with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating.  Memorials can be made to Faith in Action, 603 S. Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118 or The Salvation Army, 1621 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. 

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#4 Della Goble 2022-06-12 12:18
Pastor Tom we are so sorry for just hearing of the passing of your mom. Although we did not know her, I'm sure if she was anything like you, she was a remarkable person - Good Bless all of you.
#3 Tom Macaulay 2022-06-09 08:06
My sympathies to Roberta’s family. I came to know her when I served on the staff of the Chelsea 1st UMC in my retirement.

She was a warm, caring woman of deep faith who loved God and loved her family. She laughed easily and often.

I’m glad I got to know… and love her. My life is richer for it. Blessings on Ed, Gary, Tom and their many family and friends who will miss her. Thanks be to God!
#2 Dana Gardner 2022-05-31 21:21
Did not know Roberta Anderson, but do know she was a remarkable woman by the stories shared. She had to had to have had a loving heart and it is reflected in her family. So very sorry for your loss.
#1 Katherine Martin 2022-05-30 16:55
Your son is an awesome pastor.
Thank you for sharing him with our community

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