Michele Venita Anderson
April 15, 1949 - May 5, 2023
Michele Venita Anderson, 74, affectionately known as “Skip” or “MawMaw”, of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully Friday May 5, 2023 at VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso, IN.
She was born April 15, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Clifford Parker and Jessie Mae (Evans) Parker. At the age of 14, Michele moved from Chicago to Kingsford Heights, IN, where she graduated from La Porte High School in 1967. Following graduation, Michele worked for 18 years for Boise Cascade as a laborer. In 1991, she then moved on to work at Silgan Containers and worked as a fork lift driver, palletizer operator and lastly, a Chemical Process Operator (CPO).
After retiring in 2012, she moved from South Bend to Florida where she enjoyed the sunshine in her convertible, read books on the beaches, and attended live band performances. In her free time, Michele loved throwing parties and at one point, she even got her bartending license. She enjoyed crocheting blankets for immediate family and loved ones, watching Greyhound and Harness racing, dancing and participating in Stepping contests in Chicago. She loved listening to blues music, with BB King and Bobby Blue Bland being two of her favorites. Michele was described as a "fancy lady," taking great pride in her earring and high heel collection, owning hundreds of pairs of each. Everywhere she went you were sure to see her in a pair of hoops and heels, even her work boots were heels.
Michele was a member of the Community Christian Center Church in Michigan City since 2002. Most of all, Michele loved and cherished time with her family. She was a devoted mother, beautiful daughter, loving sister, wonderful aunt, great cousin, loyal friend and the most proud, best loved “MawMaw” her 6 grandchildren could ever have.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her Mamma Laverne Parker of Lexington, MS; two daughters, Nichele (Terry) O'Neal of Michigan City, IN, Carmen Anderson of Chicago, IL; sister, Edris (Van) Hartley of Chicago, IL; six grandchildren, James O'Neal, Michele Hollins, Jenice (Jaelin) Morgan, Janelle O'Neal, Madison Branch, Maze Smoot; niece, Edris Hayes; and nephew, Michael Parker and a host of close cousins and dear friends.
Michele was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Maria Parker, her beloved Auntie Ola White and her favorite Aunt and Uncle George “Buddy” and Edna Lee Evans.
Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN. A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Life Temple Church at 3709 W US 20 in La Porte, IN with Pastor Terry O'Neal of Community Christian Center, officiating. Repass will follow at Community Christian Center Church. Interment will take place on Monday at the Swan Lake Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Michele's name to the Community Christian Center Church, 2820 E Michigan Blvd, Michigan City, Indiana
Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com