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Doretha Wadley Anderson entered this life in Cordele, Georgia on August 5, 1915 to Selena Cameron and Samuel Wadley.

After attending nursing school she enlisted in the Army and soon found herself aboard a ship headed for England during the height of WW II. For four years she attended to both wounded allied and axis soldiers. As one of the very few African American nurses, she attained the rare rank of Second Lieutenant.

After an honorable discharge, Doretha returned to Cordele briefly before moving to New York, NY with her sister, Dee. While focusing on her career in nursing, she met and fell in love with another southerner, Joseph P.T. Anderson. When Joseph moved to Chicago to do his apprenticeship with Carter Funeral homes, Doretha soon followed. The couple wed on June 7, 1950. Joseph and Doretha welcomed the addition of their daughter Joyce Dolores to their lives

Doretha found her niche in nursing in public health nursing. During the many modern day plagues of polio, rubella and tuberculosis, she helped pioneer the vaccination campaigns around the city. In later years she continued to do public health nursing in the Jackson Park beach area. She also did private duty nursing for several prominent Chicago families. Later they moved to the St. Louis area, where Joseph started his business. Doretha continued her career in nursing until her retirement in 1978.

In 1980, Joseph and Doretha retired to Dayton, OH. After Joseph's passing in 1995 Doretha moved to Hoover Place, where she found many lasting friendships. In 2009 her health began to fail and she moved to Chicago with her daughter and son-in-law . Under the loving care of her daughter , her physician Dr. Ahmad Bastani, and her granddaughter Ashiyrah , Doretha thrived. In August 2013, her health declined and she entered hospice care. Surrounded by family and loving caregivers, Doretha departed this life to enter All Life on the morning of August 19, 2013.

She entrusts the care of her memory to her daughter, Joyce (Cranston) Knight, granddaughter, Ashiyrah (Jose) Ramirez-Knight, grandsons Ilya and Jason (Teresa). 4 great-grandchildren Channah, Madelynn, Rebecca, and Jason Jr.; many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Following a small memorial service Doretha will be interred with Joseph at the National Cemetery in Dayton OH on June 7, 2014, their wedding anniversary.

Condolences may be sent to the family: 1300 W Hood Ave. Chicago, IL 60660

In lieu of flowers donations in her name to Horizon Hospice, 833 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60642.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Illinois, 773-281-5058 or