Posted: Thu 9:08 AM, Jan 10, 2013
Funeral Home: Jones-Washington Mortuary
March 10, 1925 - January 2, 2013
Mary Lee Anderson 87 of Bryan passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Services set for 11 a.m. Saturday January 12, at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 804 N. Logan Ave., Bryan, Texas 77803. Interment will follow at College Station Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, January 11, at Jones & Washington Mortuary, 508 East Martin Luther King Ave., Bryan, Texas.
Mary was born Mary Lee Erlene Paxton in Bryan, Texas to Viola Turner and Charlie Paxton on March 10, 1925. She attended Kemp High School of Bryan, Texas, graduated from Solomon Coles of Corpus Christi, Texas, and continued her education at Prairie View A&M University.
In 1944, Mary moved to Corpus Christi where she was a store manager and a talented beautician, she also owned a beauty salon cleaning business. In 1945, she married Lee (Trigger, Sr.) Brooks, a proud soldier and decorated Army veteran who received the Bronze Star for bravery and they bore a beautiful daughter and so, Dorothy and Winston. She later married Floyzell (Andy) Anderson in 1952, a career veteran of the U.S. Navy, and to this union two daughters were born, Wanda and Yolanda.
In 1958, she purchased a very beautiful home in the then prestigious and newly built Greenwood Park, a suburb in Corpus Christi. She won numerous awards for the most beautiful home and was a leader in her community. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, Camp Fire Leader, Girl Scout Coordinator, Little League Coach, Boy Scout Master, community organizer, civic leader and served on the Usher Board at St. Matthews Baptist Church and at St. John Baptist Church. She required academic excellence and was extremely proud of family members who attained higher degrees.
In 1972, Mary returned to Bryan to care for her aging parents, Viola and Henry Holman. She worked at Texas A&M University, which she loved for 26 years as a Radio Operator and retired in 1998. There she met many adorable friends and had a reputation for punctuality and efficiency.
Mary enjoyed reading and spending precious time with her children and their family. She especially cherished family gathering that resulted from family birthdays, events and major holidays. However, most of all, Mary loved helping others in her community, having adopted or directly cared for over twenty-six children to adulthood. She often gave to organizations such as police and fire departments. Mary a proud member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church served as a member of the Mission I Ministry. She would love to hear Galilee Choir sing her favorite songs, "If It Had Not Been for the Lord on My Side" and I Woke up this Morning with My Mind on Jesus".
Mary descended from a line of pioneering citizens who fought successfully to ensure that all citizens had the right to vote, good primary and secondary schools and access to local colleges and universities, access to city services such as indoor plumbing, toilets, paved streets, and garbage pickup.
Her great grandparents Shed Turner, a Native American farmer and Manda Williams, a housewife were married in Navasota and bore a son, Will Turner, who later owned his own farm and many other properties in Bryan and College Station. Her other grandparents were John Campbell and Renie Brown. In 1896, Will Turner married Mary Campbell, a beautiful midwife and they had a daughter named Mollie Viola Turner. Viola a talented businessperson married Charlie Paxton, a successful entrepreneur, and gave birth to Mary. Charlie Paxton's parents were J.P. and Annie Mae Paxton.
Mary leaves to cherish her memories, three daughters and one son, Dorothy Ray Brooks Williams (Larence) of Bryan and her son Billy White and granddaughter, Brea; and daughter, Freddie Lee Burks; Lee Winston Brooks of Los Angeles, California and his daughter Asha Malikh Brooks; Wanda Ann Anderson Lawson (John) of Houston and sons, Reginal (Melva) and their daughters, Miranda and Mariah and granddaughter, MaKayla and her son, Reginal II; Adrien Sr., (Angela) and their daughter, Amanda sons Adrien II and Auston, and Shawn Sr., (Julia) and their sons Shawn II, Keith, and Michael and daughter Justyce; Yolanda Ruth Anderson of Bryan and her daughter, Annette and grandson, Winston Dale Anderson; adopted daughter, Robin Lorraine Robinson, and daughters Yolanda Ruth and grandson, Shannon, daughter, Demetris Lashea and grandson, Devon and Malasia and son Donnell and grandson Jaden; stepson, Floyzell Anderson and sons, Nathanial Dunn and Avery Anderson. Also surviving Mary is her brother, Timothy Lee Sterling of Lancaster, California; and sister, Henrietta Holman Martin of Houston.
Mary's family would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to doctors and nurses of St. Joseph's Hospital, Brazos Valley Hospice and Sherwood Health Care Center for the wonderful and compassionate medical care provided to Mary after she suffered an aneurism.
We would also like to express our thanks to Pastor Anthony Ross and the membership of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, which she loved with all her heart.
Special thanks and appreciation to all that have sent prayers, cards, visits, calls and other acts of kindness which will be remembered and cherished.