Lisa Marlene ‘Tadpole’ Anderson

Published 1:41 pm Monday, July 25, 2016

Miss Lisa Marlene (Tadpole) Anderson, 56, formerly of Statesville, and more recently of Winston-Salem, died Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Born in Iredell County on April 28, 1960, she was a daughter of the late Claywell Mitchell Anderson and Cora Elizabeth Warlick Anderson.

She was also preceded in death by: her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S.N. Warlick; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Anderson; and an uncle, S.F. Warlick.

She spent most of her life in Davie County. She attended special education classes in Davie County and graduated from Davie County High School in 1981. In 1990 she moved to UMAR Hooper Group Home in Winston-Salem where she lived until her health started to decline. During the last four years, she lived at Trinity Glen Nursing Home in Winston-Salem. She was a member of Maple Springs Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. While living in the group home, she attended the Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem. Though born with Down’s, she was able to achieve much in her life. She was an artist, made pottery and jewelry and was a dancer, singer and poet. Lisa, along with other members at the Enrichment Center, published a book of poetry in 2002. She loved to travel, visiting her sister in New York City several times, going to the beach and  the mountains and loved the beauty of a single rose or the wild flowers planted along the side of the road. She brought joy, love and laughter into the worlds of many people.

Survivors: her sister, Pamela A. Hazen (Robert) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her aunt, Peggy Warlick of Statesville; several special cousins; her step-nieces, Leslie and Carol Hazen and families of Hamden, Conn., Jean Warlick of Gainesville, Ga.; a special friend, Diane Strouse of Mocksville; and the love of her life, Timmy Gordon.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the fellowship hall of Forest Park Presbyterian Church followed by a light lunch.  A private family graveside service will precede that service at the family plot in Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Lynn Kunkle officiating.


Memorials: Enrichment Center, My Turn Program, 1006 Marshall St. S.W., Winston-Salem, 27101; or Gordon Hospice House, C/O Hospice & Palliative Care Of Iredell, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, 28625.