Our most dearly beloved Virnetta Anderson passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2006 surrounded by a loving circle of family and friends at the age of 85 years.
Born Virnetta Nelson in Monticello, AR, on October 29, 1920. She received her public school education in Hot Springs, AR, and later attended A.M and N. College in Pine Bluff, AR, and the Metropolitan School of Business in Los Angeles, CA.
Virnetta’s health faded in recent years but her spirit never did. She always remained a warm and loving woman of faith - full of wit and character: honourable, elegant and stylish. Her social and oratoricle skills bore a distinct stamp of southern charm. She was a woman of action - known for committing time and providing leadership to get things done. “V”, as many old friends called her, was celebrated in the community for her many years as a tireless and enthusiastic volunteer, leader, and colourful contributor to her adopted city. Though her roots were in the US, she came to love the foothills of Alberta.
Virnetta came to Calgary in 1952. She was unique as a woman of colour. Undaunted, she quickly became involded in the type of church and community service that would be her hallmark for nearly four decades - and establish her as a role model for men and women of all races.