Anderson, Reba Jane

Reba Anderson

April 8, 1947 - July 14, 2021

Reba Jane Anderson of Dallas, Texas passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, surrounded by family and friends at the age of 74. As a life-long resident of North Texas, Reba was born in McKinney, Texas on April 8, 1947, to Amon (Crook) and Iva Lucile (Drury) Anderson.

Education was an important factor in Reba’s life. She attended Chambersville Schools from 1953-1960. Then she transferred to the McKinney Independent School District in 1960 in the eighth grade to L.A. Scott Junior High School where she was honored at L.A. Scott Junior High School in 1961 as its valedictorian. In 1965, Reba graduated from McKinney High School.

During her high school years, a career in pharmacy began to intrigue Reba. She worked part-time at the Wysong Hospital Pharmacy in McKinney, and that experience solidified her interest in that particular career path. She attended the University of North Texas for two years then was accepted at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy in Austin, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in 1970. She then moved to Dallas but commuted to work full-time in McKinney at the Wysong Pharmacy. Eventually, wanting to live and work in the same city, Reba started a career path in hospital pharmacy in the Baylor Hospital system in Dallas, which later became Baylor Scott & White. During her 45-year career, she served in various managerial and directorship positions in RHD Memorial Hospital and then returned to the Baylor Scott& White System. In the latter part of her career, she also held management positions in the retail network of Minyard’s Pharmacies. She retired in 2015.

Priorities were important to Reba. She believed in a life of service: first to God, then to family, and thirdly, to her many friends. In fact, she considered her friends to be extended family. She was a member of Walnut Hill Church, Dallas, where she was quite active in several capacities and served as chairperson of their missions’ program. Reba also continued her life-long relationship with Chambersville United Methodist Church in McKinney where she was very active from her young years to well into adulthood.

Reba is survived by her sister-in-law, Retta Anderson; one niece and three nephews, Greg Anderson and wife, Tonya of McKinney, Dan Anderson and wife, Joanie of Fairview, Alecia Van Poppel and husband, Todd of Argyle, and Jeff Anderson of McKinney; nine great nieces and nephews, Carter, Austin, Madelyn, Emiley, and Wyatt Anderson; Courtney Anderson Inge and husband, Hunter; Halee, Tate and Riley Van Poppel; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dean Anderson.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. The service will also be live streamed at on Reba’s obituary page by clicking on the following link: After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location. Interment will follow at Chambersville Cemetery in McKinney, Texas.

The family will receive friends during a visitation on Monday, July 19, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to (1) American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. (2) North Dallas Shared Ministries, 2875 Merrell Road, Dallas, TX  75229. (3) the newly established Reba Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund, McKinney Education Foundation, 510 Heard Street, McKinney, Texas 75069.

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Reba was a wonderful human being. We grew up together in happier, more pretty times, and were class mates during the wonder years. She was always the smartest (and wisest) person in the room. I had not seen her for many years prior to our 50th class reunion, but was glad to discovery that she was still the wise, elegant lady she had always been. My deepest sympathies to her family. Marshall Searcy, August 5, 2021 Reba lived life to the fullest, always smiling, always full of fun & she influenced every life she touched. She left her mark here on earth & she will be an asset to heaven. Sue Drury, August 5, 2021 I’m very sorry to hear of Reba’s passing. I knew of her through her cousin, Billie Sue Anderson, and my grandmother, MaeBeth Bryan White. From the time I was very young, I would hear them tell about how bright and kind she was, and how proud they were of her career in pharmacy. Our families ties to Chambersville from way back when create a kinship that lives on. May your hearts be comforted in this time of sadness. Anne Stapleton Skrabanek, July 31, 2021 I'm her neighbor in North Dallas and I missed her a lot on her front yard, every time I passed by walking. She always had a friendly beautiful smile. But she's in heaven now! My condolences to her family and friends! Chris&F.
Chris, July 22, 2021 I met Reba when I was 5 years old, in 1973. I was fortunate to be around her for many, many years, as she was a special friend to my mother who passed away in February. Mom always spoke on how kind Reba was, always. I can attest to that. She always treated me with kindness and love and made me feel she truly cared about me and what I was doing in my life. I have a vivid memory of visiting Reba’s apartment in Dallas when I was very young. I thought she was so cool and I was so impressed that she was taking piano lessons. On her piano was the music to the song, “The Candy Man Can.” I know she adored her family. Anytime I was around she spoke of her nieces and nephews and their accomplishments. She was a very special lady. Deidre Dobbins, July 20, 2021 Rest in peace with your beautiful heart Tooraj, July 20, 2021 Riba ella fué una gran persona muy buena vecina ella siempre estaba cuidando mí casa cuando Yo estoy afuera Riba te vamos a extrañar mucho cuando ella salía a caminar siempre que Yo estaba afuera siempre pasaba a saludarme RIBA Descanse en paz Y brille para ella la luz perpetua Gloria Márquez, July 20, 2021 A beautiful soul who we will miss dearly. Celebrating our our 38+ year friendship, pharmacy collaboration and many travels with long conversations and fabulous food. Smile and remember those happy times with her! Bonnie Kirschenbaum, July 20, 2021 My heartfelt sympathies are with you for the loss of your loved one. I am a friend of Bettye Odel’s and I know what her lifelong friendship with Reba meant to both of them. My prayers for comfort are with all who loved her. Eileen Eileen Turner, July 20, 2021 To all the family and friends of Reba. I am saddened to hear of Reba's passing. I had the pleasure of serving with her on the Christ's Foundry United Methodist Mission Covenant Board for several years. Reba was an inspiration to us all, with her smile, insights, and leadership. I know her room in Heaven was prepared at her birth. Such a kind and giving servant. She will be missed. Matt Hopkins, July 20, 2021 As a relatively new member of Walnut Hill Church, I did not know Reba well, but had the privilege of working with her on a few church committees. I was always impressed by how well regarded she was by members of the church who did know her. I will remember here easy smile when I did speak to her. She was an important part of our mission and outreach ministries and she leaves both a legacy of service and a hole for us to fill. My prayers go out to the family. John Ozmun, July 19, 2021 I was lucky enough to wok with Reba Jane and got a chance to see what a great woman she was. I will miss her dearly. remembeing al the good times and years we shared at RDH. cCristina Arcila, July 19, 2021 Reba's positive outlook reached across family, friends, colleagues and in precepting pharmacists-to-be. What a loss for us here on earth, but what 'fingerprints' she has left with everyone she encountered! Julia Sivinski, July 19, 2021 I was very deeply saddened to hear about Reba's passing. She was always so kind and gracious towards me. I knew Reba for about 14 years. I first met her when I worked with her at Minyard Pharmacy, and the last day of operation was 11/11/2011, Veterans Day, and every year on Veterans Day, we would be sure to contact each other. Reba often spoke lovingly about her family and would happily share memorable events she had with them. She was always so encouraging, and during some of our conversations, if something negative came up, she was quick and witty to put a positive spin on it, and we would both end up laughing! I sent her some basil seeds in May just I had done last year. She sent a text after receiving them that she will be watching for those little miracles. Every year, as the plants come up, I will also surely remember my dear friend. I feel very blessed to have known precious Reba, and I will greatly miss her joyful presence. My heartfelt prayers for Reba and the Anderson family. Maria Rancapero, July 18, 2021 Reba, I am grateful I got to know you through Bonnie. I always treasure the memories of our pharmacy girls get togethers in Breckenridge even though they weren’t often enough. You were always so supportive whatever I was going through. You truly had a heart of gold. Rest in peace my friend.
Phyllis Kidder, July 18, 2021 Reba I will FOREVER miss you and your smiling face. Your encouraging words. Your happy and warm heart. Your loyalty. The way you always looked out for your own. More than a boss at Minyard's, more than a mentor to me, your were a great and loving friend. I  am very grateful that life put you in my lost path. Reba YOU and your faith in me are the reason I worked towards my GED. You are the reason I worked toward my Pharmacy tech license, which has been my career for 15 years. You are the reason that my work ethic is "check, check, double check" and "look up, look down and all around." Most importantly in life, "when in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout" and then I would call or text you to talk about it. You always had discerning insight for me when times were tough. And amazing tales to share when times were great. I have learned over the years to travel and enjoy life because I learned that from you. I will forever cherish your stories and all of our Christmas dinners up until the last one even way after Minyard's ended in 2011. More than a life-changing friend, you were like family to me. Thank you for all that you believed in me. I LOVE YOU REBA and will always have you in my heart.
Irma Elizahbet Avila, July 18, 2021
Reba and I met and volunteered at the North Dallas Shared Ministries. From the moment we met, I knew we'd be good friends. She was always upbeat and a ray of sunshine. We would take our lunch break together, I'd bring cheese and crackers and she'd bring the diet Coke. It was our time to chat about everything especially politics as we shared similar views. If something was troubling me, she was the consumate therapist, offering great advice and we'd end up laughing. It's so hard to believe she has passed away. She was so full of life. I will miss her so much but will treasure our times together. Rest in peace dear friend. Susan Magee, July 18, 2021 I saw her picture and begin to cry. What a lovely soul. She will be dearly missed. I met Reba Jane tagging along with Louis Tobola on Christmas Day, 1999. We dropped by her house and she enfolded us into the tail end of her family Christmas celebration. It was the very beginning for me. Through my friendship with the Tobola’s I joined a family and that family included Reba. Over the years we met again and again, not only at each Tobola celebration: birthdays, holidays, major events, but also at hard times and good. Reba was always a steady, clearheaded presence, bringing laughter and strength, a sister, a friend. One dear time I will always be grateful for, she showed up to help me through a night while Louis was in the hospital. Always there, stepping in with a quiet friendship to offer support. I have read the memorials above, you know what I am talking about. She was treasured by her family. A niece, aunt, sister to many, mother to some, friend to all. Jane Ladik, July 18, 2021 I have not seen Reba in years, but she was always a striking example of a professional pharmacist when I was in my formative years, learning the ropes of the profession. I am saddened by her passing, but at the same time, grateful for the work she did to benefit younger pharmacists, as well as the lives of countless patients. The world has lost a star. Rest in Peace, Reba. Jacque Borel, July 18, 2021 Reba, my sweet lady with a big hearth and a pretty small, I gone to miss you the rest of my life, person like you born one in millions, you was really sweet with me ,each time when I see you to clean your house you tell me seat a little moment and talk , many times I ask Reba ! Do you understand my mexican English and you laugh and say yes Lola, I guess she understands with her big hearth, she really is a real angel I always tell her you don't see your wings but I do. During the pandemic for a full day I don't clean her house, and every 15 days for more of a year she send me a check that Caine of sweet person she was, you all time teller Lola Jesús is with you, now is my turn Reba! you are with Jesús Lola her housekeeper , July 17, 2021 So sudden and so sad! It is a great win for Heaven and a real loss for us! Will miss you! Nancy Fiasee, July 17, 2021 Reba, you left us too soon. I always smile when I think about the wonderful and long lasting friendship between you and my mom. The many many morning walks the two of you had around the park. When my mom came home one morning I asked "how was the walk" and she laughed and said "we decided to go to McDonalds for coffee instead". Reba, you were always up for something fun, always a "yes, that sounds great let's go". You will be greatly missed. The world is less bright without you. Love you,
Mary Royals, July 17, 2021 I will cherish the memories I have with my sweet friend Reba. She was someone you could always count on and her loyalty was like no other. She was the voice of reason and would give me great advice when I needed it. We loved trying out new restaurants and would sit for hours talking and laughing until they practically kicked us out. We would always laugh about the time we went to a $$$$ steakhouse and accidentally left a 40% tip. We blamed it on the wine and not our math skills. Reba was truly one of a kind with a heart of gold. I am so fortunate to call her my friend. I will miss you dearly Reba. Sharon Stermer, July 17, 2021 Reba- or “Rosie”, as I named her when I was just 3, was my mother's (Carolyn Tobola) best friend from college, and my Godmother. Although my mother, father and I moved to Colorado when I was just one year old, Carolyn and Reba talked on average, 2-3 times a week over the course of my life. True to form, as they met as college freshman roommates, my mother spent the final month of Rosie’s life at her side, a roommate, a friend, a sister, in her home. As I grew up, I was an only child with no cousins. So Rosie was family. She was also a woman I looked up to. She never asked me “who are you dating”, but rather “what are your professional goals”. We visited her twice a year in her Dallas home, and I spent many summers with her. She was the one who rode the big rollercoasters with me at Six Flags and took me to get my ears pierced when I was 10. Always gracious, Rosie was always a “yes” woman to any childhood request I had; and later, she was always giving of her time as I talked through my challenges in getting my PhD, facing an MS diagnosis at age 27, and the excitement of meeting my husband Mike Mauro. Rosie and I also shared a love of all things beautiful: hair, makeup, jewelry, manicures and pedicures were our fancy. She showed me I could be feminine and strong, fun loving and career driven, independent and dedicated, loving and firm. As a private joke between my mom Carolyn and Rosie, she was my “real mother” (since we shared so many similarities). So Rosie, momma, my “real” mother from another- I will forever live in your spirit of generosity, faith, love and fun. This Sunday, we are taking my little girl, Nicole to get her ears pierced in your honor. Nicole said she wanted “heart earrings” which I know you’d approve of. “Well don’t you just look so pretty today”, I know is what you’d say. With love, Adria
Adria Pearson-Mauro , July 17, 2021 Obituary was so well written. I didn’t know that much about Reba’s life. We were class mates in Jr High and High School. So happy to hear about her accomplishments and dedication to God. So sorry to hear about her passing. Reba Honea Francis , July 17, 2021 Reba was always friendly and smiling to everyone. It was a pleasure to be a friend and know her over the years. Prayers to the family and friends! Monte Monte Self, July 17, 2021 Reba Anderson was indeed a loyal friend. I met Reba in 1986 at rhd Memorial hospital in Farmers Branch. We were both in leadership management first one to greet me and introduce herself I fell in love with her kindness her smile and her helpfulness. Reba was loving caring always positive no matter what the circumstance was she was a very loyal friend to her staff into the people around her and she always walk highly of her family. I will miss her Christmas cards she never fail sending a Christmas card we talked on the phone last in January we spoke about getting together and having lunch once all this got clear with the pandemic I will miss you dearly my friend and again another great and loving angel in heaven rest in peace sweet friend!
Mary Ann Moreno , July 17, 2021 I am so sorry to hear about Reba. I loved visiting with her when we were neighbors with Dean and Retta. Prayers lifted for all her family and friends. Denice Burnside Green, July 17, 2021 Reba Jane was my first and best friend. Until my family moved to Allen in 1960 we were pretty much joined at the hip for all sorts of things. We were in Sunday school classes together from Bill Billings, Helen Starnes, Tootsie Covington and others. Reba had always read the most scriptures. We played cowboys together. She was Gene Autry to my Roy Rogers. We unknowingly drained the well that Crook had just paid to have filled. We were playing mud pies by the chicken house. Crook was so angry but Lucille stepped in and sent us to escape out the bedroom window. Always the kindest and sweetest person. In the last few years, we would call each other following elections knowing our discussion did not have to be filtered both being Democrats. Just like our strong, independent mothers as Reba always noted. While our lives took us in different directions our conversations picked up where they left off. Mine and Gene's hearts go out the family and friends and those who saw and spoke to her. Their lives were definitely touched by one of God's angels set here on earth. Janice Rogers Adcock, July 17, 2021 Reba, I will miss you so very, very much. I am so grateful for our wonderful 42 year friendship; the 17 years of shared morning walks around the park; trips to the lake and dinners that lasted all evening with so much to catch up on. You have been the most wonderful friend in the world. I still have the pillow you gave me with this message: "Friends are like stars. Sometimes you can't see them, but you always know they are there". Hope you are sharing a glass of wine with Jean. l love you,
Dixie Royals, July 17, 2021