Picture a beauty with dark hair, olive skin, crystal blue eyes and a charismatic personality. When you learned she was a beautician, you’d want to go to her salon. Now visualize a businessperson, building homes of the highest quality, with excellent floorplans and innovative décor. You might be surprised when you found out the builder was a woman, but you’d want her to be the builder for your home. What if you were in despair because of depression or addiction, and you found a minister who was able to lead you to a life you never thought was possible? You’d praise God for helping you find her. Now imagine you woke up to the most savory breakfast of homemade biscuits and canned preserves, with perfect gravy, bacon, sausage and eggs – and even cinnamon rolls made-from-scratch. You’d be so grateful that the woman who lovingly prepared it was your mother/grandmother.
Isn’t it amazing to realize that all the women just described - are one and the same? Everyone who knew and loved Colleen Anderson was blessed by the impact she had on their lives. It is with so much gratitude that we celebrate her genuine beauty, her countless talents and her true and loving spirit.
Colleen Moore Anderson was born on November 08, 1928 in Cross Plains, Texas. Her parents, Burnice and Blanche Moore grew peanuts and raised dairy cows on their farm. Colleen and her brother Pat Moore were brought up to value hard work, approach all things with integrity and place God at the center of their lives. As a young woman, Colleen worked as a beautician and was married to Ray Plumlee, with whom she had two sons, Randy Moore Anderson and Donny Moore Anderson.
Though life was difficult at times, Colleen always remained optimistic and found ways to adapt and overcome. At the age of 38, Colleen began a career in real estate. She was a quick learner and developed an extensive knowledge of home building. At one point, a group of electrical contractors enlisted her to oversee the completion of numerous homes that had been left unfinished. Colleen, then a single mother, courageously took on the challenge of a job usually handled by men. Her career as a homebuilder was launched, and she went on to build dozens of beautiful and unique homes in Abilene, Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas.
Colleen remarried to Thomas W. Anderson and they eventually bought a farm in Cross Plains, right across from her birth home where Colleen’s mother still lived. While Colleen felt the pull to be near her roots, she also strongly felt the call to do God’s work in service to others. It was in the early 1990’s that Colleen started her full-time ministry and became the Founder of Living Waters Ministries in Cross Plains, Texas. In this church, all were welcomed, and it became known for miles around as a refuge for those in need of spiritual counseling, intersession and healing. Colleen led many praise and worship sessions with her enthusiastic piano playing and beautiful singing. Today, Living Waters Ministries continues Colleen’s legacy under the leadership of her dear friends, Pastors Max and Norma Evans.
But in all these accomplishments, Colleen’s motivation was not a need to achieve, but a desire to serve others. And at the center of her life was her family, who she treasured so very dearly. She had a powerful love for her sons, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her brother and all the extended relatives she held so close in her heart. Her favorite way of showing love to her family was through her masterful Southern cooking! Everyone looked forward to Colleen’s tender roast, black-eyed peas, cornbread, fresh tomatoes, collard greens, chow-chow, yeast rolls, pies – the list could go on and on! All of it was homemade, and the vegetables were often grown in her own organic garden. She even started to work towards making Southern cooking heathier. She was a trendsetter and dedicated to healthy living.
After her mother and husband passed away, Colleen eventually moved to Corpus Christi to be closer to her sons and grandchildren. She found a new church home at Rock City Church where she established many wonderful relationships. She also wrote and published two books about her spiritual journey. Colleen Anderson lived a long and productive life and was a blessing to everyone she encountered. All across Texas and beyond, her family and friends will miss this incredible woman.
Colleen Anderson is predeceased by: husband, Thomas W. Anderson; father, Bernice Moore; mother, Blanche Moore.
She is survived by: brother, Pat Moore and wife Martha; son, Randy Anderson and wife Betty; son, Donny Anderson; granddaughter, Lacey Anderson; grandson, Jordan Anderson and wife Bridget; great-grandchildren, Noah, Maverick and Josie.
Colleen’s love reached far and wide and her family includes those who were not direct descendants, but were dear to her heart: foster daughter (deceased) Lois Spoon and husband Robert and son Luke; grandson Heath Anderson and wife Jamie; granddaughter Heather Anderson; step-grandson Andreas Mourelatos and wife Nicole; extended great-grandchildren Evan, Austin, Finley, Reese, Coen and Emma.
Through her marriage to T.W. Anderson, Colleen’s family also includes: Beverly and Tom Kleckner, Wendy and Brad Kleckner, great-grandchildren Heath Kleckner and Jayce Haar; Richard and Karen Anderson, Wes Anderson, Lily and Ava Anderson; Garrett and Lisa Anderson, Logan and Olivia Anderson; Joanna (Anderson) and Rusty Hicks, and (deceased) Tiffany Anderson.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Rock City Church, located at 10309 S. Padre Island Dr. #A2, Corpus Christi, TX 78418. A grave site burial is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on May 15, 2021 at Cottonwood Cemetery in Cottonwood, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that people donate to either Living Waters Ministries, 548 TX-36, Cross Plains, TX 76443 or to Rock City Church in Corpus Christi (address listed above).
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