In Loving Memory of Mary P. Anderson
January 20, 1925 - June 17, 2019
Ms. Mary Pearl Anderson was the only child born to the union of Ms. Brown and Mr. McCrea on January 20, 1925, in Keachi (located in the DeSoto Parish), Louisiana. Ms. Pearl's mother went home to be with the Lord when she was a young child of just 7 years. Ms. Pearl then moved to live with her aunt and uncle in Shreveport, Louisiana where she continued her education. There Ms. Pearl met and married Mr. Andrew Niles Senior, and together they had one son, Andrew Niles Junior. Mr. Niles was enlisted in the military and serviced our country during World War II. Ms. Pearl needed the support of her husband's family to help take care of her newly born son while her husband served in the military, so she moved with his family to Los Angeles, California during the war. Once in Los Angeles, Ms. Pearl found work to take care of herself and her very young son. She initially worked in a local cafe serving breakfast and coffee in the early morning hours to those on their way to work or just getting off of work. Ms. Pearl then sought out other employment opportunities and secured a job working at a local sanitarium. She worked there for several years until she eventually made her way to work at the well-established General Hospital. Over the years the union of Ms. Pearl and Mr. Niles came to an end, and she met Mr. Elmo Anderson, and they wedded on April 19, 1955. After their union ended, Ms. Pearl retained her late husband"s last name and she never remarried. Ms. Pearl continued to work for General Hospital until an illness forced her to retire early. Ms. Pearl was determined to continue working to support herself and son, so she did day work and in-home care work for many years. The last job she held was taking care of her dear friend and sister in Christ, Ms. Laurine Price's mother in her home until Ms. Price's mother went home to be with the Lord.
Ms. Pearl loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was a devout Christian. She was a member of the Church of Christ Eastside for well over 60 years. She loved to worship and fellowship with her congregation members every Sunday. When she could no longer attend her beloved church due to complication associated with aging, she would welcome members into her home for fellowship. She also continued to pay her tithes and offerings to support God"s work through the church. Ms. Pearl prayed daily and loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart. She was very committed to reading her Bible on a daily basis. Ms. Pearl was also a frequent reader of "Our Daily Bread" and she loved watching Christian television programs. When speaking with Ms. Pearl she would always tell anyone who would listen how the Lord Jesus Christ has been the most important part of her life once she fully accepted Him as her Lord and Savior.
When Ms. Pearl was not reading her Bible, praying, or fellowshipping with fellow church members, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Ms. Pearl always had kind words to say to the people she loved and people she was just getting to know. To have known Ms. Pearl was to have known a child of God. She would frequently share her relationship and love for Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen. When you did something that was not "Christ-Like," Grams would tell you about it in love. Most who experienced these conversations with Ms. Pearl understood that she was giving them advice because of her love for Jesus Christ and her love for them. The family member/friend would be a little disappointed in themselves not necessarily because what they did was not "Christ-Like," but because they felt they disappointed or let Grams down in some way. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening in her yard. Ms. Pearl was always trying to grow some type of flower or vegetable. She also enjoyed watching Oprah, Dr. Phil, the various judge/court shows on television and her beloved Los Angeles Dodgers. Grams preferred to listen to the Dodgers games on the radio. Ms. Pearl also kept her mind sharp by solving word puzzle books and counting the planes as they flew over the house with her dear friend David Ward.
Ms. Pearl "Grams" was 94 years young and was preceded to the homecoming by her mother, father, aunt, uncle, first and second husbands, son and a host of family members, church members, and family friends. Ms. Pearl / Grams will be greatly missed by all those who knew this humble woman of God. Her memory, her love, and her wisdom will live on in her family members, church members, and family friends. Ms. Pearl's middle name was significant in that she was truly a precious jewel to all who were fortunate enough to have met and spent time with her. Ms. Pearl would always say, "Give me my flowers while I'm living."
Ms. Pearl is survived by daughters: Connie Trunnell, Iesha Isom, Valarie Olive and Yvonne Lathion, grandchildren: DeAndrew Niles, Jaime Trunnell, Tony Trunnell, Bennie McIntosh, Steven McIntosh, Danette Sparks, and Jelani Sparks; great-grandchildren: Tyler Trunnell, Jamie Trunnell, Zion Trunnell and Trey Trunnell; nephews: Kevin Sears, and Trevion Johnson; as well as a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and family friends.