80, of St. Louis

Lillian Mae (Maxwell) Anderson, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Rolla, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the age of 80. She was born on May 9, 1932 in Phelps County, MO.

She was such a compassionate and generous lady of impeccable style and grace. Her quick smile and sweet, impromptu laughter would instantly light up any room.

In the fashion and customer service profession for her entire life, she helped scores of people to bring out the best in themselves from every aspect, both internally and externally. She instilled joy in the lives of every person she met. No one was ever a stranger to Lil, just a friend she had not yet met, and she instinctively knew the words or expression to make any person feel better. Always in tune with her surroundings, the world was a better place with Lillian in it.

Devoted daughter of the late Nancy (Maxwell) McNeil, Lillian is also loved and survived by a myriad of family and friends. Since 1952, she was the spouse and lifelong partner of Jesse Edward Anderson, with two devoted daughters and loving sons-in-law, Terri Anderson Moriarty and Sean Moriarty, Toni Anderson Smith and Tom Smith. She is the beloved sister and sister-in-law of Betty Moses and John Gilbert Moses, Norma and Bob E. Pace. In addition, the loving aunt to Valerie Gangol, Gregory Moses, Victor and Vincent Pace and their spouses who were also extremely special to her, Bill Gangol, Angie Pace and Tammy Pace. She held us all so close to her heart, adored us and has been our mentor and spiritual compass.

Lillian’s bountiful presence and loving spirit also embraces her extended family in Rolla and Richland and reaches all over the country where her spirit has touched far-off friends and many loved ones.

Most recently, Lillian’s closest friends have been the staff and residents of Memory Lane at Bethesda Southgate, whose diligent daily care for her over the past 3 and a half years has touched her heart and the hearts of those who love her. This is a family that she embraced and loved, as they did her.

People call Lillian a special person, yet that does not even begin to describe her. We are grateful to have been touched by her joyous and boundless loving spirit.

A memorial service for Lillian Anderson will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Interment will follow at the Wynn-Maxwell Cemetery in Phelps County.

A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service beginning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be offered at www.nullandsonfuneralhome.com.

All arrangements are under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla.