In Loving Memory of Helen Anderson
February 7, 1924 - October 13, 2018
Helen Anderson was born February 7, 1924, in Mansfield, Louisiana. She was raised by her grandmother, Nonnie Barnhart because Helen"s mother passed away when Helen was a little girl.
She worked very hard most of her life. She attended School in Louisiana and Texas. She went to Cosmetology School and received her Cosmetology License from the State of Louisiana.
Helen met and married Charlie Mitchell and had two children, Betty and James, much later she had a third child, Brigette. After Helen"s marriage to Charlie Mitchell ended, she met the love of her life, James Anderson and soon after they were married. James Anderson was in the army, and he insisted that Helen and her children travel with him. She enjoyed traveling and living in different States, Florida, Virginia, and New York, but she drew the line when her husband was transferred to Germany because she was afraid of ships and airplanes. Helen and her children moved to Los Angeles in 1955 where she was trained in electronics. She worked at International Rectifier in El Segundo for many years. She retired to take care of her youngest daughter, Brigitte.
Helen was always close to God, and she truly believed in the power of prayer. She always had a church home, as a small child, she was baptized at Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Mansfield, Louisiana. When she moved to Los Angeles, she immediately joined Praise of Zion Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member for many years. While at Praise of Zion she was a member of the choir, a member of the prayer circle, and also on the Mother's Board. Later Helen joined Manchester Baptist Church, and for the last several years she was a faithful member of Freewill Baptist Church. She loved attending church services and bible study. She was also a very good cook and baker; she made cakes for many, many people.
Helen was one of the most generous people in the world, she believed in helping people. One example, years ago one of her friends was about to be evicted along with her four children; Helen called her on the phone and told her "I"m going to pick you up and you can ride with me to cash my paycheck." When Helen cashed her check, she turned around and gave her friend her entire weeks wages so she could pay her rent. That is just one example of the type of person she was. I know that is one of the reasons Mother was so blessed by God, and she always gave Him praise.
Helen was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Love, father, Abner Smith, sister, Essie Lee Isler, brothers, Oscar P. Wilcott, and Fred Douglas, and a grandson, Eric Anderson.
She will be truly missed by those that knew and loved her. She leaves to mourn her passing, two daughters, Betty Anderson, and Brigitte Maddox of Los Angeles, CA, a son, Reverend James Mitchell of Los Angeles, CA, a grandson, Rafael (LaWonda) Anderson of Carson, CA; a great-grandson, Ryan Anderson of Ervine, CA; a great-granddaughter, Kelli Anderson of Carson, CA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.