Gwendolyn “Gwen” Boyd Anders Lanham, 81, of Charles Town, WV, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Bob Harwood, in Metamora, Michigan on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
Born October 23, 1939 in Duffields, WV, she was the daughter of Raleigh G. and Lillian W. Hinton Anders. She is survived by her daughters Deborah “Debo” Lanham of Williamsport, MD, Teresa “Terri” Harwood and her husband Bob of Metamora, MI, and Traci Lanham-Ross and her husband Marty of Gore, VA; eight grandchildren Nick Hendricks, Danielle Naylor and her husband Dennis, Jake Hendricks and his wife Chelsea, Dakota Bartlett, Randi Anderson and her husband Craig, Miranda Kindle and her husband Casey, Skyler Jordan, and Josh Harwood; seven great-grandchildren Juli Lanham, Addy Johnson, Holland Naylor, Lilly & Hailie Kindle, Raleigh Hendricks and Theodore Anderson; four step great-grandsons Dominick, Brandon, and Isaac Naylor and Gavyn Wivell; her sister Evelyn Sprenkle; her brothers Marvin Anders and Gerald Anders and his wife Pat; a whole clan of nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, and great-great nieces & nephews; and her former husband H. Wesley Lanham.
In addition to her parents, Gwen was preceded in death by her brothers Allen, Harold, Charles, and Donald Anders and her sister Dorothy Anders Hough. Her stepson, Wesley “Benny” Lanham, passed away just after her on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
Gwen graduated from Charles Town High School in 1957. She was the homecoming queen, played drums in the band, and loved running around with her buddies Joanne, Ruby & Joyce.
After high school she worked for Potomac Edison. Later she turned her focus to homemaking and nurturing her children. She was a talented seamstress and outfitted her daughters and their Barbies in all the latest fashions. Around 1972 she became a Brownie leader and stuck with her same troop all the way through their attainment of First-Class Cadets. She loved leading her troop and especially camping at Camp White Rock, the epic sock hops that were an annual event, and the crazy long hikes through the Antietam Battlefield, Catoctin Mountains, Thurmont, etc. She also volunteered as a softball and bowling coach for the Chewsville Smithsburg Leitersburg (CSL) league for many years. Some of her favorite memories included coaching her Shady Ladies.
Gwen worked hard to instill a strong work ethic in her children. She was often seen in Brightwood Acres delivering newspapers to help while her daughters participated in after school activities. She loved to be outdoors and active, and she was still hiding Easter eggs for her great-grandchildren each year. Gwen was an avid reader and had a talent for getting even the toughest jigsaw puzzles together.
She later returned to work at TFX Marine, and then she retired from Staples Warehouse in Hagerstown, MD.
Gwen’s grandchildren and later great-grandchildren were the absolute light of her life. Her eyes literally sparkled in their presence. She always played games with them and made each of them feel so cherished with her huge smile, beautiful laughter, and loving arms. She felt very fortunate for all the time she had to enjoy watching them grow. Gwen’s love for her extended family also shined so bright as she hosted Thanksgiving holidays and family reunions at her home for many years. Her ability to make everyone feel so welcome and loved, including those that married into the family, was one of her most heartwarming qualities that everyone will dearly miss.
Since May 2020 Gwen had resided at Sweet Serendipity Farm in Metamora MI. Despite living with a terminal illness, she still spent most of her days outside. Gwen loved the days that she was called upon to plow the fields and was proud of her tractor driving skills. Watching the animals also brought her great joy. The opportunity to help care for lambs, kids, and puppies delighted her. All the visits from her beloved Anders Clan members brightened her days and provided hours of fun reminiscing, eating, watching Andy Griffith and Jeopardy. Gwen also acquired a love for watching golf and cheering for Michigan in the Little League World Series. She was looking forward to her West Virginia Mountaineers football team beating the Maryland Terrapins.
Gwen generously gifted her body to the Anatomical Donation Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor MI. Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Lapeer, MI (810)664-8111 provided transportation services. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.