Margaret Agnes Mount Anderson was born March 24, 1911, in Fairview Township, Mercer County. She was the only daughter of Bert Lee Mount and Veve Nelson Crumrine Mount. Margaret passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, while residing at Countryside Convalescent Home, East Lackawannock Township, at the age of 102.
Margaret attended the one-room schoolhouse in Fairview Township. She and her younger brother, Ralph, enjoyed their school days and the walk to school along an unpaved Route 19. Margaret graduated from Fredonia Vocational School in 1928 with 27 classmates. She was class poet and wrote a 15-stanza poem about high school days, which she delivered again in 2008 at the Fredonia-Delaware Alumni Dinner.
The former Christian H. Buhl School of Nursing in Sharon was Margaret’s next venture. She graduated in 1931 as a licensed registered nurse. Further studies enabled her to become the hospital’s first certified lab technician, working under the direction of Dr. George O. Hartman.
On June 20, 1935, Margaret married Otto Russell Anderson and moved to the Anderson Farm in East Lackawannock Township on Pennsylvania Route 318, where they began their family. The entire family was involved in the farm operation including dairy and beef herds, field crops, potatoes, peaches and other produce. The Andersons also raised pigs, chickens, turkeys, pheasants and were involved in beekeeping.
Margaret supported her six children in their farm and church-related activities.
In the 1950s, Margaret took a refresher course and renewed her nursing license. She began working as a private duty nurse and then as a night supervisor at Mercer Cottage Hospital until it closed in 1966.
The oldest living member of Unity Presbyterian Church, Lackawannock Township, Margaret served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher and was a member of the Ferver Bible Class and Presbyterian Women.
The Mount Pleasant Grange and the JB (Jolly Bunch) Quilting Club were also an important part of her life.
Margaret’s special interests included flower and vegetable gardening, canning and baking, Bible study, jigsaw and crossword puzzles and playing dominoes. She quilted or knotted crib quilts for nearly all of her great-grandchildren.
Other things for which she will be remembered are her blue eyes, quick smile, loving demeanor and her hard work.
Survivors include: a daughter, Elaine Firth and her husband Leslie N., Mercer; and four sons, Atlee R. Anderson and his wife Jan, Hammond, Ind.; Keith B. Anderson and his wife Carol, Edinburg, Texas; Myron C. Anderson and his wife Lynn, Lynn Haven, Fla.; and Otto R. Anderson II, Mercer.
Margaret leaves 17 grandchildren: Janet, Andrea and Becca; Larry and Karen; Atlee II, Chandra and Lianne; Mary and Melanie; Matthew, Steven and Orion; and Amy, Natalie, Vanessa and Candice.
Also surviving are: 17 great-grandchildren, along with a number of stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, on March 20, 1982; two daughters, a 6-month-old, Rebecca Ellen, in 1945; and Veva Ann Purvis, on May 17 of this year; her two brothers, Joseph A. Mount, and Ralph W. Mount and his wife Madeline King Mount; a son-in-law, John “Jack” R. Purvis; and a nephew, Leeland Mount.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Brandy Springs Park, Box 414, Mercer, PA 16137; or to a church of the donor’s choice.
Mrs. Otto Russell (Margaret Agnes Mount), 102, East Lackawannock Township.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (9-13-13) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer; and 10 a.m. to time of service Saturday (9-14-13) in Unity Presbyterian Church, 1857 Mercer-West Middlesex Road, Lackawannock Township.
Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church with the Rev. Dr. William P. Crooks, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Mercer, officiating.
Interment: Mount Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Township.