Iris Lafonne Anderson
Iris was the only child of the late Barbara S. Masters Anderson of Marlin and James R. Anderson of Longview. She had no sisters or brothers. Iris was born in Tyler and spent the majority of her younger years in Marlin and the surrounding areas; being reared primarily by her grandmother Blanche H. Dee Masters.
She graduated from Marlin High School in 1974 and attended the University of Texas at Arlington for a brief term. She then enlisted in the USAF here she served as a maintenance specialist at Edwards AFB. In addition, she was a member of the Local Army National Guard.
Following the death of her mother in 1983, Iris relocated to Houston. In addition she spent several years in the Dallas area, but Marlin was never out of her mind and she spent the last 20+ years of her life in and about Marlin. She was an active member of the BTW High School Alumni Association. Iris never married and had no offspring.
Iris is remembered as a “collector” of things; always insisting that there was some value to be obtained from most things. This was a trademark of hers.
She was preceded in death by both her mother and father; and leaves to mourn her closest relative, Uncle Charles O. Masters and his wife Carol of Garden Ridge; five first cousins, Monte M. Masters of Lakeland, Tenn., Barry C. Masters of Egg Harbor TWP, N.J., Corey Morris and Ivette Morris Colvin of Houston, and Rhonda Masters Ntsoane of Port Arthur; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Bible Way Community Family Worship Center Church in Marlin on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that a donation be made to the Bible Way Community Family Worship Church of Marlin. Bishop Lonnie Garrett Sr. Pastor.