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Norma Charlotte (Doolittle) Anderson, 92, Woodstock

Norma Charlotte (Doolittle) Anderson, 92, Woodstock, died Monday, April 18, 2016, at her home in Woodstock.

She was born Nov. 10, 1923, to Emor Stillman and Amelia (Schroeder) Doolittle in Greenwood Township. 

On May 7, 1954, she married Glen “Andy” Elliot Anderson, also of Woodstock, in Wonder Lake. They were married by her cousin, The Rev. Burton Schroeder. They traveled extensively, including a trip to Australia and New Zealand.

She was a lifelong resident of Greenwood and Woodstock. Her favorite saying was “once of Greenwood, always of Greenwood.”

She retired in January 1979 after a career of more than 35 years with the Internal Revenue Service in Chicago, where she was a tax examiner and auditor and later a personnel management specialist.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Woodstock, and a life member of the McHenry County Historical Society, where she volunteered for many years. She was also a member of genealogical societies, pursuing her interest in genealogy which her parents encouraged at an early age.

In October 2000, she received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Illinois Association of Museums. The Quilters of the McHenry County Historical Society dedicated its 2005 quilt to her in recognition of her many years of service.

She served as secretary of Doolittles of America from 1987 to 1993 and as secretary of Goff, Goffe, Goughes and their ancestors and descendants from 1989 to 1993 and on the executive council from 1994 to 1997. She was on the Oakland Cemetery Board for many years.

A life member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, she served as regent and honorary ex-regent of the Kishwaukee Trail Chapter NSDAR. She was also a member of Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century.

Among her regular pleasures was the fellowship of friends, especially the Greenwood Lunch Bunch, Methodist Lunch Bunch and Crazy Hats.

Her talents and hobbies included transcribing old handwritten documents at the McHenry County Recorder’s Office and at the McHenry County Historical Society.

Survivors include a godson, Gary Lee VanLanduyt; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a sister, Norine (the late Charles) Mathey; and an infant brother, James Emor Doolittle.

Visitation and funeral were April 25 at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, Woodstock, or to the McHenry County Historical Society.


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