Palestine Rebecca Wesley Anderson was born Nov. 21, 1918 in Baltimore, Md. to Calvin Wesley and Jennie Mae Mitchell Wesley. She was the second of four children.
Affectionately called “Paly” since childhood, she was formally educated in the public schools of Baltimore, and was graduated from Douglass High School in 1936. She later completed professional training as a licensed practical nurse.
Paly was married in early life to Harold Burkett, to whom no children were born. In 1943, she became the beloved wife of C. Earl Anderson, and of this union, one daughter was born.
Palestine had a deep spiritual connection to her biblical name. Above all, she was an expression of love, a servant of God. A devoted Christian, her love for the Lord directed her entire life. She loved caring for her family and always demonstrated faith through unceasing prayer for the wellbeing of her family, friends and loved ones. Her friendships were multi-generational and many who were unrelated by blood, saw her
as Sister, Aunt, Mom or Grandma.
A member of St. James Episcopal Church for most of her adult life, Paly demonstrated stewardship, through membership in Episcopal Church Women, Christian Women, the guilds of St. Veronica and Martha, service to the United Thank Offering and Parish Council, and alter in life, the Lay Eucharistic Ministry, where she served until physical challenges prevented doing so. In 2011, St. James honored her
as Woman of the Year, which delighted her tremendously.
She was a nurturer, as evidenced by her chosen vocations as a nurse and caterer. Many patients would express how lovingly and tirelessly she cared for them. Those who were fortunate enough to enjoy her hospitality, have fond memories of numerous festive gatherings filled with laughter, joy and great food. In mid-life she mastered the art of professional cake decorating, and created for all of her children, friends
As Palestine embarks on her heavenly journey, her memory is cherished by a devoted daughter, Lynn Anderson Jacobs Harrison; godson, the Rev. Gerald S. Collins; grandchildren, Tracy Jacobs, Steven and Cheyna Harrison; grandchildren “in the spirit”, Danielle Whitaker, Lamont Gibson and Andrea Arroyo-Flores; great grandchildren, Anaya and Nico Gibson, Laila and Jaden Tatum; sister-in-law, Mattie Wesley; nieces, Marva Jackson and Marsha Coleman; nephews, Leroy Veney Jr., Marc Wesley and Michael Smith; numerous grandnieces and grandnephews, including her beloved Kevin Veney, cousin and sister, Bernice McDaniels, and a host of beloved cousins and extended family.
Palestine joined the ancestors on the morning of Oct. 6, 2012, nearly reaching her 94th birthday. May those who loved her never lose sight of the lessons she taught and the love she unselfishly gave. She was our “Wise One,” our matriarch, and our queen, who walked this earthly journey with dignity and grace.
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