Eloise Anderson dies – was retired educator
Funeral services were held for Eloise Marcus Anderson on Saturday, July 20, at Cory United Methodist Church. Pastor James Roberson presided. She died on July 9.
Prior to the service, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority held its Omega Omega service. Anderson had served as president of Omega chapter. Queen Elizabeth Chapter #9 of Order Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation, performed their burial service.
Reading the scripture was Minister Pamela Pinkney, and soloist, Kim Dove-Smart, sang "Precious Lord".
Eloise Marcus was born on July 23, 1919, in Moreland, Georgia, to the Rev. Van Buren Marcus and Dora Marcus. She was the youngest of seven children, all who preceded her in death. In 1930 the family moved to Cleveland where her father ministered at Cory United Methodist Church and Eloise began her formal education. Eloise came to know and accepted Christ at an early age and forever committed her spiritual growth to Cory United Methodist Church. She served on the United Methodist Women, Wesleyan Service Guild, Senior Usher Board and many ministries in the church until her health deteriorated and prevented her from attending services.
She graduated from Wilberforce University in 1944, where she was initiated into Beta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She continued her education at Case Western Reserve University, completing her Graduate Studies. Eloise began her teaching career with Cleveland Public Schools in 1946, and retired in 1982 as the acting Principal of East High School. Eloise earned many achievements and was recognized as being the first Black teacher at Kennard Junior High. She loved teaching and her students. After retirement, Eloise worked for a travel agency where she was able to pursue her passion of traveling the world and sharing that love with as many people as she could. Her passport filled up quickly, and she shared many tales with her family and friends.
She was married to Willie J. Anderson.
Eloise remained an active member for more than half a century of the Queen Elizabeth Chapter #9 O.E.S/P.H.A, National Council of Negro Women, NAACP, Wilberforce University and Case Western Reserve University Alumni Associations and her most beloved Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
She leaves to mourn many generations of nieces and nephews, loving caregivers and close friends.
Final arrangements were entrusted to Cummings & Davis Funeral Home. Interment was at Highland Park Cemetery on Tuesday, July 23.