Tifton Gazette


January 25, 2014

Mary Frances McKeith Anderson

MOULTRIE — Mary Frances McKeith Anderson, 84, of Moultrie departed her earthly home Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at the Rehabilitation Center of South Georgia in Tifton following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary of Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Moultrie.

Mrs. Anderson will lie repose today in Tifton at Frank and Solomon Nixon Funeral Home and Monday in Moultrie at Luke Strong and Son Mortuary. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Luke Strong and Son Mortuary in Moultrie.

Mrs. Anderson was born on Oct. 13, 1929 in Boston to the late Eddie “Spate” McKeith and the late Mary Frances McKeith. She was the youngest of 13 children and was the only remaining child of Spate and Mary Frances. She was known and respected for her strong personality yet nurturing soul. She was renowned for her cooking and baking through her work as the supervisor of the Roses Department Store restaurant, through managing the kitchen of her beloved church Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Moultrie and by the countless bellies that she filled over the years of people who visited her, her family and her church. She was truly one of a kind.

Mary, at a young age, met and wed the now late Coach James (”Jim” or “Chaulk”) Edward Anderson. She and Jim shared a common interest in food.

They built and ran a barbecue stand that they operated for a number of years. However, the pride of their union was their daughter and only child, Jamaine Eulalie Anderson. Jamaine would grow to meet and marry Ronald Keith Nixon of Tifton, who became more like a son to Mary. Jamaine and Ronald bore one son, Mary’s only grandchild, James (Angeanette) Anderson Nixon, also of Tifton. While Mary and Jim’s family seemed to be very small, they were blessed to have many special people in their lives that they “adopted” as their own. She also leaves to cherish her memories all of these special people, including a host of godchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, caregivers and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Tiftarea (P.O. Drawer 747, Tifton, GA 31793, 229-353-6318).

Care has been entrusted to Frank and Solomon Nixon Funeral Home of Tifton. Visit www.NixonFH.net to sign the online guestbook.

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