October 31, 2018
Wilma Anderson, 94
Funeral Services for Wilma Anderson, age 94, of Bedford, Iowa, who passed away October 23, 2018, will be held Monday, October 29, 2018 at 10 AM at the Cummings Family Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 2 to 5 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials may be directed towards the family to be established at a later date. Arrangements for Mrs. Anderson were entrusted to Cummings Family Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.mmingsfamilyfuneralhome.com under Obituaries.
Wilma Lucile was born to Dean and Ione (Jobe) Damewood on a farm south of Siam, IA on December 5, 1923. She passed away on October 23, 2018 with her family at her side.
She attended rural school and graduated from Bedford High School in 1941. The day she turned 18, she started teaching school and taught for 10 years.
Leon (Swede) Anderson came home on leave after 4 years of serving in the South Pacific and Wilma and Swede had their first date. Before he went back for discharge, there were engaged, two months later they were married. They celebrated their 25th Anniversary on Feb. 3, 1971 and Swede died the following November. They were the proud parents of 3 children, John Dean, Marcia Louise and Nancy Jane. She loved them beyond measure and was proud of all of them.
She was 12 when her only sister Mary Lou was born. They had a loving relationship, which later included Elvin and their children and grandchildren. In 1964 she became the City Clerk for the town of Bedford and served in that position for 23 years. One of her proudest achievements was helping get the funding for the Bedford Swimming Pool.
One of Wilma’s greatest honors was being chosen Taylor County Mother of the Year in 1978. She also enjoyed performing “Ma Peasley” with her daughters.
Wilma loved her Lord and served Him faithfully. She was a charter member of the Faith Baptist Church. Wilma especially enjoyed teaching youngsters. She started Sunday school at Bedford Manor and taught for 15 years with many loving volunteers.
Wilma enjoyed her own family and was always there when needed. When her two son-in laws were added, Henry & Steve, Wilma thought they were the cream of the crop. Then along came 4 Granddaughters, Tricia, Jennifer, Deborah, and Robyn. How Wilma enjoyed and treasured them. Then at 75 she got her first grandson, Connor, who taught her all the flags needed for racecars. Wilma’s life got even richer and along came 4 great grandchildren, Katelyn, Russell, Cauy and Brady. They were the icing on the cake!
Preceding Wilma in death are her husband, Swede, her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Elvin Miller, and her son, John. Wilma’s love, thoughtfulness and kindness will be cherished and treasured by her daughters, Marcia (Henry) Russell, Nancy (Steve) Davison. Grandchildren: Tricia (Colby) Holmes, Jennifer Russell, Deborah Russell, Robyn (Brian) Bickel, and Connor Davison. Great Grandchildren: Katelyn and Russell Holmes, Cauy and Brady Bickel as well as many nieces and nephews whom she held dear.