Barbara Jeanne Anderson RN, 77, of Coronado, died peacefully on Sunday, March 15, 2020, in the family home built in the 1920’s, where she had resided since 1973.
Barbara was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on Sept. 18, 1942, to parents Margaret Avlyn and Carl Eugene Anderson, both deceased. She moved to Coronado in 1968, after graduating from Roger’s High School, Newport, in 1960 and Newport Hospital School of Nursing in 1963.
Barbara is survived by daughters Jeanne Elizabeth (John) Andreen-Volk and Amy Margaret (Ediz) Ertekin; and her grandchildren Celine Avalyn, Ediz, Jr., Devin and Joy; her brother Carl E Anderson, Jr; her nephews Carl E. (Wendy) Anderson III and Christopher R. (Melissa) Anderson; and her nephews’ children.
Barbara was a devout Christian woman and member of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church. A fabulous singer in the church choir since the 1970s, she was head of the Friendship Circle, volunteered in the Thrift Cottage and was particularly vocal about five generations of her family being active in that church, from her great-grandmother in-law Olive to her grandchildren.
For more than 50 years, Barbara was an active participant in causes that helped make Coronado a better place. She was a member, then president of the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club. Later she joined the Coronado Woman’s Club, where she was recognized for living their motto: “Courage to think truthfully; wisdom to act watchfully, and compassion to live thoughtfully.”
She had a 50-year involvement with the Friends of the Coronado Library where she was instrumental in establishing the annual Book Fair in conjunction with the Coronado Flower Show. She was also active in the Coronado Senior Center, the Crown Garden Club, the Community Center, Job’s Daughters, and ushering in the live theaters in San Diego.
Barbara accepted volunteer challenges and her influence was recognized and appreciated. She received a Mayoral Decree when Coronado Mayor declared a Barbara Anderson Day in 2016. She received the Crown Award 2011 that celebrates Coronado’s leading volunteers; the Coronado Senior Association in 2013 for her years of dedication; the Home Front award, which she received annually for her home front; and the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Friends of the Coronado Library.
Barbara was a registered nurse and dedicated herself to caring for others. She served as a RN for several years at Alvarado Hospital. Later she was a charge nurse on the second floor of Coronado Hospital for 20 years, where on Wednesdays she enjoyed seeing her mom, Avlyn, a pink lady volunteer, and her daughter, Jeanne, a candy striper; three generations all together. Barbara also worked as nursing staff of the Balboa Naval Hospital; was medical case manager for Traveler’s Insurance and worked in worker’s compensation and medical case management for CorVeL Corporation for seven years. She loved consulting with her daughter Amy who also was in worker’s comp for a time.
She was always a positive role model for her family and was immensely proud of her daughters and grandchildren. Family was very important to her.
Barbara was a good friend to many. She had many dear friends in Coronado, she kept in touch with six lifelong high school friends who met with annually to share New England lobster dinners, and she was very close too her friends from Newport Hospital School of Nursing. Barbara cherished the hours she spent with her closest buddies, enjoying water aerobics, planning yearly cruises, watching movies, hanging out and enjoying dinners, bingo, listening to summer concerts in the park and driving around in her golf cart.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of the Coronado Public Library for the Barbara Jeanne Anderson Scholarship Fund.
Jeanne and Amy would like the Community to come together in prayer for Barbara on Friday, April 3, at noon during her family services at Glen Abbey. Send her loving thoughts that “make your soul happy.” This message is what she was sending to everyone just before she passed.