Anderson, Barbara

Barbara K. Anderson passed with courage and grace on July 18, with her family at her side. She is survived by her husband Richard E. Anderson, daughters Kristin R. Faries (husband Jeff) of New Castle, Delaware and Jennifer K. McLaughlin of Avondale, Pennsylvania. She will be missed by her four grandchildren Ryan M. Faries, Kevin M Faries, Isabella K. McLaughlin, and Lydia G. Faries.

Barbara leaves behind seven siblings- Raymond Lewis (TN), Donald Lewis (FL), Alice Donofrio (FL), Karen Lewis (TN), Julie Gross (FL), Judy Ann Young (TN), and Rebecca Cantu (FL).

She was predeceased by her parents Raymond Lewis and Helen K. Gilkey, and her beloved aunt, Elizabeth K. McLaughlin.

Barbara was born in Wilmington, Delaware yet spent time in Tennessee as a young girl and often referred to Mountain City as her childhood home.

Barbara returned to Wilmington where she met Richard, her husband of 56 years. After marrying, she threw her energies into raising their children. Open to all neighboring children, her home was never closed. She always encouraged children to share in her love of reading.

Barbaras Calico Corners (the Mill Store) career began in 1975. She was passionate about providing her customers with the project they had envisioned. She retired after 38 years of service in 2013.

Her contagious smile, strong spirit, direct honesty, and sharp sense of humor will be missed by many!

The family wishes to thank Seasons Hospice for their constant support and compassion, notably Fran, Mel and her private CNA, Cookie.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Seasons Hospice ( or The Little Free Library (

A memorial service for Barbara will be held at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home (3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803) on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 AM. A casual gathering will follow. A second memorial will take place in her beloved Mountain City, Tennessee at a later date.

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