Leone Therese Anderson

May 30, 1930 - December 15, 2019

Our mother, Leone Therese Anderson, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2019, surrounded by family. Mom had been the quiet & steady center of the tornado that was her life with Dad & six kids. She had always nurtured, protected & given them a meaningful shove when required.

Mom was born at home May 30, 1930, on the Coggon, Iowa, farm where she grew up. She is now reunited with her parents, Patrick C. & Edna King McEnany, her adored older siblings, Margaret Mary Dolan, Donald McEnany & Helen Klein, and her infant daughter Maribeth Anderson. We know the first in line to greet her was her devoted husband, Richard.

After attending Clarke College, she was active in the friendship & service sorority Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and served as President of the Iowa state chapter. Mom worked at Collins Radio Company (which became part of Rockwell International) in Cedar Rapids. It was there that she met Richard Warren Anderson, the affable Electrical Engineer who assisted on the complicated parts of a technical manual she was writing. Married in 1956, Dick & Leone spent the next five decades in Iowa & then Richardson, TX collaborating on the complicated life of parents to six children, all who blessedly grew to be functional, productive adults of whom she was very proud.

Mom worked for Sears in Plano for over 20 years & took wonderful care of Dad until his death from dementia in 2003. She spent the rest of her life in Carrollton with her daughter Teri, son in law Russell DeGrow & grandchildren Keith & Elaine. We will be forever grateful to them.

Leone is survived by daughters Trish, Jeanne, Teri & Cathy (Roberts); their respective spouses, Dale Morgan, Andy Caulo & Russell DeGrow; sons Kurt & Ty & their wives Diana & Julie Anderson. “Mi” will be missed by her 14 grandchildren: Laura Heusler, Drew Morgan, Stevie & Joe Caulo, Keith & Laney DeGrow, Erin, Brooke & Abby Roberts, Haley Reynolds, Katie Anderson, and Meg, Kevin & Scott Anderson. They are joined by “grands in law” David Heusler, Cristie Morgan & David Reynolds. Elyse Jane Heusler is fortunate to have been loved by her great grandmother with the beautiful white hair. She also leaves numerous nieces & nephews for whom Aunt Leone was the final tie to her generation.

We would like to thank her caregivers, Tracey & Karon, for the compassion they demonstrated. Mom & all of us appreciated them more than they could know.

We are sorrowful, but also happy that she is in a place of love, peace & rest. Get some sleep, Mom.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on December 27, 2019, at 1:00 pm, at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plano. Prior to Mass, a rosary service will be held beginning at noon, followed by a brief visitation; interment to follow at Ridgeview West Memorial Park in Frisco, Texas.

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So sorry for your loss. I pray God’s love, comfort and peace surrounds you during this tough time. joshua phillips, December 27, 2019 Dear Anderson’s, Leone was a force of nature. Her dedication to and love for her family informed my own parenting (filed under “if she could do it with six, I can do it with two”). While her scalloped potatoes and ham casserole recipe and her ability to iron a clean pair of pants so the crease survived a second wash and dry cycle never successfully transferred to my repertoire of parenting skills, growing into adulthood with her as a second mother and role model changed my own parenting for the good. Given the number of her offspring’s friends she welcomed into her home, her impact on this world was wide and deep. My deepest condolences for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
Patti Watson, December 26, 2019 My sincerest condolences to the Anderson family. Brian Brooks, December 23, 2019 I am so sorry. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Dawn Kelly, December 23, 2019 Deepest sympathy to her family. She was a lovely lady and I am glad to have known her. Love, Carla
Carla Small, December 21, 2019 Your sweet Mother was always so happy and joyful! She had a certain spunk about her and a sparkle in her eye! My prayers to the family. God Bless. Love, Anecia Anecia Hero, December 19, 2019 Cathy & family, Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers. I’ll always remember your beautiful mom with the twinkle in her eyes. God bless.
Colleen Fitzpatrick , December 18, 2019