Delorise Brown Anderson, better known to most of us as “Del,” transitioned from this world to her heavenly home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 15, 2023, after a brief illness. She was born on March 24, 1937, in Kingston, West Virginia to Earl and Lula Mae James, as one of eight children. She was preceded in death by brothers Jimmy, Earl Lee, and Lonnie James; and two sisters, Margaret, and Juanita.
Delorise received her primary education in West Virginia, graduating from Simmons High School in 1954. She then relocated to Washington, D.C. where she met and married Earl Anderson and was blessed with two beautiful children, Kathy, and Chris. She continued her studies at Howard University and American University, earning an associate degree in Social Sciences, and had an illustrative career in the Federal Government at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During her tenure with HHS, Delorise developed a program entitled “Home of Your Own,” for persons at Melwood with developmental disabilities.
Delorise also became a lifetime member of Ladies of Distinction, which was started by former First Lady Ladybird Johnson, to assist the elderly. She retired from federal service in 1994, having served 40 years.
Delorise was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ at Age 7. She was a long-time member of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and subsequently became a member of Antioch Baptist Church upon her relocation to Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
The Anderson Family requests that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to:
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