Marlene M. Anderson, 66, a retired assistant manager for New York Telephone and a Sunday school teacher at Our Savior Lutheran Church, died Wednesday (Dec. 24, 1997) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.
Active in the community and a 1974 recipient of a Black Achievers in Industry Award, Mrs. Anderson lived in Buffalo until moving to Grand Island when she retired in 1988.
The former Marlene Edwards graduated from Fosdick-Masten High School in 1949 and joined New York Telephone as an operator in 1960. She became a service assistant in 1969 and assistant manager of operator services in 1978.
She was president of the Democratic Women's Club of Grand Island, past president of the Buffalo Urban League Auxiliary, founder of a Grand Island writers group and a member of a card club.
Mrs. Anderson was a painter, pianist and poet and enjoyed classical music, jazz, movies and board games.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Robert W.; four sons, Steven H. Ross of Maryland, Mark O. Anderson of California, Gary E. Ross and Robert J. Anderson; two daughters, Renee H. Anderson and Lori M. Anderson; two stepdaughters, Jacquelyn Anderson of Toronto and Leslie Anderson; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to Our Savior Lutheran Church, she was active in Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, Bird Avenue and Hoyt Street, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.