Barbara Roeper Anderson
November 11, 2019
Barbara Roeper Anderson, 86, of North Palm Beach, FL, passed away peacefully
in her sleep on November 11th, following a courageous battle with ovarian
cancer. Beloved wife of 53 years of the late Robert D. Anderson, she is
survived by their children; Karen Ouellette and her husband Stephen
Ouellette of Rockport, MA, Libby Anderson and her husband Rob Watson of
Westhampton, MA, and Dean Anderson and his wife Dana Lynn Anderson of
Chicago, IL, and seven grandchildren; Emma and Jamey Ouellette, Dillon and
Kyle Watson, and Isabelle, Tatum, and Chase Anderson.
The daughter of James and Carrie Roeper, she was born and raised in Grand
Rapids, MI and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in
Education. An avid reader and storyteller, she never lost her love of
teaching and learning whether she was in or out of the classroom. She shared
family stories with her grandchildren who were always a captivated audience,
and she never missed a NY Times crossword puzzle for the love of the
challenge and the joy in solving their mysteries.
She and her husband originally lived in New York City where their first
child, Karen, was born. They moved to NJ in 1961 and settled in Rumson for
40+ years before moving permanently to N. Palm Beach Florida in 2010. A kind
and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, she was known by all to be
generous with her time and love. She was actively involved in her community
in a variety of ways ranging from reading to young children at local
elementary schools to volunteering at the Junior League for many years. She
had a special way of connecting with everyone she met.
Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Rumson Country Club, Rumson, NJ, Seabright
Beach Club, Seabright, NJ, Lost Tree Club, N. Palm Beach, FL, Sandy Bay
Yacht Club, Rockport, MA, Tower Hill Presbyterian Church, Red Bank, NJ, and
First Presbyterian Church, N. Palm Beach, FL. Her love of music was welcomed
by the church choirs in Red Bank and N. Palm Beach where she sang with them
for a combined total of almost 40 years. She was a sharp competitor in
Bridge, which she continued playing her entire life. She was smart,
graceful, caring, and loving to all who knew her. Her generous love of
family and friends will be deeply missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to the [Ovarian
Cancer Research Alliance]. The family is planning memorial services in N.
Palm Beach, FL over the Christmas season and Rumson, NJ over the summer.