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With faith gifted to us by our Lord and Father, the family and friends of Barbara Ihly Anderson celebrate her return home to heaven as she quietly died on Saturday morning, April 2, 2022. She was 86 years young and a joyful child of her Lord Jesus Christ.

Barbara was born in Beaufort, SC in 1935, the oldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. H Ihly. She graduated from Savannah High School in 1953 where she was named Miss Savannah High. In addition to winning Miss Savannah High, Barbara was named Miss Savannah the same year and won five additional beauty contests but her most-cherished title was that of being a Beloved Child of God. She was always ready to celebrate her faith with all those she met.

Barbara spent many years in Atlanta raising her three sons and working as a homemaker before returning to Savannah in 1985 where she moved back and joined her sister and brother in law as a florist at Ramelle’s Florist. She spent her free time with her friends and family and was active in her beloved White Bluff United Methodist Church where she especially enjoyed her Contemporary Singles Sunday school class. Her laugh was contagious and when she greeted everyone with “Hi Honey,” you couldn’t help but smile at her sincerity of heart.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her sister Carolyn Ihly Thomson and her beloved son Rhett Anderson.

She is survived by two devoted sons Mark Anderson of Cumming, GA and Bryan Anderson (Katy) of Chevy Chase, MD. Also surviving is her daughter-in-law Barbara Diane Anderson-Bates of Cumming, GA. Her five grandchildren, whom she loved dearly; Michele Anderson Lincks (Benjamin) of Alpharetta, GA, Ashley Anderson Levinge (Robert) of Cumming, GA and Hayes, Cole and Julia Anderson, all of Chevy Chase, MD. God also blessed Barbara with four great-grandchildren: Bryson, Blake, Lily, and Emma. In addition, there are many cousins, nieces and nephews who will always remember her kindness and love.

Barbara loved the Lord and was excited to share her faith. She spoke of joy often saying that joy meant serving Jesus, Others then Yourself. True to her words, she lived the gospel finding happiness in serving the Lord in both word and deed. Those who loved Barbara will miss her earthly presence among us but are celebrating knowing as she joins the heavenly host and her greeting will be as said in Matthew 25;23: Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter now into the joy of the Lord.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 Monday afternoon April 18, 2022 at White Bluff United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Barry Giddens and Rev. John Haney. Interment will be private.

Remembrances: White Bluff United Methodist Church – 11911 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31419.

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  1. Bucenec says:

    It was our great pleasure to know this lovely lady. We knew of her thru our parents Rose&Thomas DeMine, who have both since passed.. I know she and Rose were long time friends. She would give of her heart and time and “baby-sit” her friend when dementia set in on Rose, when they were all living at “the Commons”. She was always cheerful even when she wasn’t feeling well. She visited our aunt in assisted living to read scripture to her. She was beautiful inside and out. We will miss that smile of hers but we know that she is at peace now.

  2. Blenda Berry says:

    This is so beautiful and is so precise in explaining who Barbara was…a loving child of God who shared all that love with everyone she came into contact with. I will be forever blessed because I called her my friend. I will miss her so much but I know she is right where she wanted to be, with our Lord and with Jesus

  3. Jerry Lee Fowqler says:

    Barbara’s life was that of a devout Christian Lady. She was the ‘Anchor’ of the ‘Contemporary Singles Sunday School class’ at White Bluff United Methodist Church She will be missed by all that knew her…

  4. Sandy Goddard says:

    I will miss my dear friend Barbara. It’s so hard to believe she’s no longer with us but she’s in a better place. Heaven. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. May God give you comfort as you mourn her loss. I love you Barbara.

  5. BUCK RIDDLE says:

    Truly one of God’s most beautiful people who ever
    graced God’s world. I know that she and Betty Riddle will unite with their Heavenly Father in heaven above.

  6. Gail Thurman says:

    Barbara was my special neighbor. She and I shared our faith in the Lord many times. Such a special friend! My prayers are with her family and friends. She loved you so much. God comfort you.

    Gail Thurman
    The Social At Savannah

  7. Hendrix says:

    To Barbara’s entire family,
    We are so very sorry of your loss.the beautiful
    Obituary tells her story and the faith of our Lord
    She shared with Everyone.

    No more pain, a new body in Christ and in the arms
    Of Jesus, reunited with her loved ones

    Rest In Peace,
    Til we meet again

    Jerry and Mary Alice Hendrix


    Barbara was a genuine servant of our Lord Jesus. She was also
    a supporter and encourager of other servants of Jesus. She will
    be missed by all of us. Condolences to all her family and friends.

  9. Robin Wakefield says:

    Barbara was my Emmaus Sponsor about 23 years ago and I’ve always thought the world of her. My earnest prayers go out to her family. She was a wonderful, wonderful lady!

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