Whitney-Jo DeVaughn Anderson, 9, of Sault Ste. Marie, loved to dance, and made a lasting impression on everyone who knew her, family members said. Family and friends called her “our princess,” noting that she loved to play the princess role by dressing up and having tea parties, or wearing a dress, tiara, or wings for dinner or trips to the store.
She passed away at home, quickly and peacefully, April 19, 2008, surrounded by family members and loved ones.
She was born June 26, 1998, in Grand Rapids, and came to live in Sault Ste. Marie March 16, 2000. She was the second youngest of six children in the Anderson family.
She was in the third grade at JKL Bahweting Elementary School in Sault Ste. Marie. Miss Anderson was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Barbeau, and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She developed a passion and flair for ballet dancing at the Academy of Performing Arts studio in Sault Ste. Marie, under the direction of Luanna Luxton- Armstrong.
Miss Anderson enjoyed reading, and loved attending school with her friends. She loved life, friends said, although she had battled a heart condition and cancer for much of her life. Her doctors at University of Michigan nicknamed her “None of Your Business,” because that was quite often her answer to their questions.
Miss Anderson is survived by her parents, Carl and Joy (nee Cobb) Anderson of Sault Ste. Marie; her sister, Shon’tora Anderson; five brothers, Ethan, Ray’shon, Ray’nell, and Walter Anderson; her grandparents, Tom and Sue Anderson of Sault Ste. Marie and Mary “Grandma Rooster” Cobb of Dafter; greatgrandparents Elvira Carlson of Gladstone and Ruby E. Cobb of Rutherfordton, North Carolina; aunts and uncles, Wendy and Scott Perdue of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Paul and Erica Anderson of Sault Ste. Marie, Gary and Tracy Ordiway of Ishpeming, Renee Ordiway of Sault Ste. Marie, Duane Ordiway of Thailand, Lynn and Caren Elliott Ordiway of Sault Ste. Marie, Terri and Donna Cobb of Rutherfordton, Connie and Bill Morris of North Carolina, Patty and John Elevetici of Shingleton, Tiger Ordiway of Sault Ste. Marie, Tina and Ryan Kitzmiller of Dafter, and several great-aunts and uncles, cousins, and extended family members. She is also survived by several other family members and special friends, including Janice Marsh, Michael Marsh, and other members of the Marsh family, Don’shay Culpepper, “Grandma” Dorothy Culpepper, godparents Craig and Marsha Kelso, her teacher, Jackie Sellick, and her school nurse, Lisa Corbiere.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Walter Cobb, and great-grandparents Thomas and Ester Anderson, Carl Carlson, and Ursula and Russell Cryderman.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 23, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home, with prayers at 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 24, at 11 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church in Barbeau. Brother John Hascall will be the celebrant. Burial will be at Holy Family Catholic Church cemetery in Barbeau.
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