SERLENA LENORE ANDERSON was born on September 6, 1924, in Halifax County, North Carolina, to the late Mamie Ellen Carter and George Washington Bowser. She answered God’s call to eternal rest and peace on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Carolina Rest Home in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
In 1939, at the age of fifteen, Serlena and her sister, Hortense, moved to Harlem, New York, on 136th Street. She attended Wadleigh High School in Harlem, but had to leave school in order to help support her family by working in the local hospital and any other odd jobs she could find.
Serlena and her family then moved to 116th Street in Harlem and that’s where she met Russell Anderson. They were married on October 19, 1943, and God blessed this union with three children, Pamela, Barbara, and Darryl. Years later, they added two foster sons to the family, Carl and Claude Arline.
In 1948, the family relocated to Brooklyn, New York’s Gwanous Projects, and again, Serlena became employed with a variety of odd jobs that she kept while her children were in school. Her main job, however, was taking care of her children and seeing to it that their school work was done. She even found the time to become a Girl Scout Troop leader for Pamela and Barbara.
In 1965, the family moved to Rochdale Village where they were one of the first Black families to move into this newly built community. Serlena became very active in the community and served on the House Congress of Rochdale Village Board. In the early 1970’s, She went to work for the New York City Board of Education, and in the early 1990’s, fulfilled her promise of going back to school to receive her GED. Serlena retired from the Board of Education in 1994, and her time was then spent tending to her gardens, making quilts for her family, and enjoying with the other women in her quilting club.
In December 1997, Serlena returned to her place of birth with her husband, Russell, until he was called home in 2015.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her two sons, Carl and Claude Arline.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and love are her daughters, Pamela Kinsey and Barbara Anderson; her son, Darryl Anderson (Karen); seven grandchildren, Bryan Kinsey (Bernice), of Queens, NY, Taya Lewis (Jerry) of Brooklyn, NY, Scott Anderson of Queens, NY, Keira Nahar (Kenny) of Sandy Springs, MD, Todd Anderson (Jennifer) of Holmstead, FL, Bret Anderson of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Maia Whiting (Roger) of Cherry Hill, NJ; twelve great-grandchildren, Kymani, Kamin, Kayla, and Kalel Nahar, Elliott Robertson, Erin Kinsey, Greer Whiting, Breana Phillips (Anthony Poole and soon to be great-great- granddaughter, Jordyn Poole), Chauncey and Ryan Anderson, and Egypt and Eshe’ Anderson; her loving sister, Hortense Padmore of Roanoke Rapids, NC, her nieces, Vida, Earlene, and Aurea; and a host of other relatives and friends. May Serlena’s memory be eternal!
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 31, 2020, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. Rev. Sallie Twine will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery, 325 Moore Street, Littleton, NC. A viewing will be held from 9:00 A.M. until the funeral time.