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 TJMfuneral.com on Reba’s obituary page by clicking on the following link: https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/reba-jane-anderson. 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.