Leatrice “Gabby” (Knight) Anderson

Posted December 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

Leatrice “Gabby” (Knight) Anderson, 76, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Community Springs Healthcare in El Dorado Springs.

Gabby was born on Jan. 5, 1936, at home in the Chalk Level area of St. Clair County on Jan. 5, 1936, to Ralph and Edith Myrle (Shoemaker) Knight.

Gabby was married to Eugene Carter and to this union, two daughters were born, Hope and Faith. Later in life, Gabby was married to Lester Veach, and to this union two sons, John and Ben, were born. Later she was married to Robert Anderson.

Gabby worked for many years as a certified nurse aid and a certified medication technician at nursing homes. She eventually came to own Gabby’s Cafe in Creighton for several years and was known for her good, old-fashioned home cooking. After retiring and moving to Rockville, Gabby kept busy crocheting, sewing and braiding rugs. She was always willing to help her family and friends, and was considered by many as a second mother.

Gabby is survived by daughter, Hope (Carter) Berschauer, son, John Veach, son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Christina Veach, brother and sister-in-law, Myron “Sparky” and Peggy Knight, brother and sister-in-law Stanley and Martha Knight and many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Edith M. (Shoemaker) Knight; her sister, Marilyn (Knight) Motley; her husband, Robert Anderson; her great-granddaughter, Justice; and her daughter, Faith Marie (Carter) Little.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, in the St. Clair County Senior Center on Pine Street in Osceola.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Sheldon Funeral Home of El Dorado Springs.