By Johnnie Grant –
Mayor Esther Manheimer and Asheville City Council proclaimed December 23, 2017 as Susanna Ruth Keaton Anderson Day.
Surrounded by family and friends, Ms. Susanna Anderson celebrated her 103rd birthday at the Fellowship Hall of Varick Chapel A.M.E Zion Church of Asheville.
Born on December 23, 1914 to the late Reverends Haywood and Susana (Lackey) Keaton in Bethania, NC, Susanna grew up in Asheville and attended the historic Allen Home High School, graduating in 1932.
Susanna moved to Mount Vernon, NY, where she met her husband Roosevelt and lived for nine years before returning to Asheville in 1941. Susanna and Roosevelt reared four children: Ruth D. Anderson of Asheville, another daughter, the late Sarah Anderson Aiken, and two sons, Franklin and David, also both deceased. Ms. Anderson has also been blessed with five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
As a member of Varick Chapel A.M.E Zion Church of Asheville for more than 60 years, Ms. Anderson has served on various boards and organizations, including the Missionary Society, Gospel Choir, and the Sunday School Board. Still active as a centenarian, she enjoys meeting people and taking part in community activities, especially those involving her faith and her family, or when helping others through difficult times.
The staff of The Urban News extends many heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Susanna K. Anderson on her 103rd birthday.