Phyllis 'Marjorie' Anderson

March 29, 1932 - March 8, 2014
Traverse City, MI



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Traverse Bay United Methodist Church


Tuesday, March 18, 2014
11:00 AM EDT
Traverse Bay United Methodist Church


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Traverse Bay United Methodist Church
1200 Ramsdell Rd.
Traverse City, MI 49684

Grand Traverse Pavilions Foudation
1000 Pavilions Circle
Traverse City, MI 49684

Traverse City Senior Center, Building Fund
801 E. Front ST.
Traverse City, MI 49686

Life Story / Obituary


Phyllis Ann 'Marge' Anderson, 81 of Traverse City died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Grand Traverse Pavilions after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on March 29, 1932 in Pontiac, the daughter of Matthew and Hazel (Frick) Welton.

Marge enjoyed scrapbooking, crafts of all kinds and jigsaw puzzles. She loved flowers and worked as a floral designer, which she continued while at the Pavilions. She also enjoyed karaoke and had a beautiful singing voice.

She was a member of the Traverse Bay United Methodist Church and the Traverse City Fraternal Order of Eagles. Marge was a member and volunteer of the Traverse City Senior Center. She was a wonderful homemaker and raised four children.

Marge is survived by her children, Cynthia (Lauren) Vaughn of Interlochen, Anita (Daniel) Moran of Berkley, Douglas (Tina) Fortney of Mason and Thomas (Jon) Fortney of Hamtramck. Her grandchildren are Julie, Holly, Katie, Zachary, Elizabeth, John, Mark, Stephen and great-granddaughter, Elsie. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas (Gail) Carr and sisters, Edna, Bernice and Helen.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Dale R. Anderson. They were married on December 9, 1983 and he preceded her in death on September 16, 2007.

Cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Traverse Bay United Methodist Church with Rev. Jane Lippert officiating. The family will greet family and friends starting at 9:30 a.m.

The family would like offer a special thank you to the staff at the Grand Traverse Pavilions, Munson Hospice and Munson Medical Center for their skilled and compassionate care.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, the Grand Traverse Pavilions Scholarship Fund, or the Traverse City Senior Center Building Fund.

Please visit Marge’s webpage at to sign the guest book and share a message with her family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City to handle the arrangements.