Lane Aijian Anderson (63) of Daytona Beach, Florida and Shady Valley, Tennessee, was welcomed into her Savior’s presence very suddenly and unexpectedly at her Florida home on Tuesday morning, April 7, 2020. Lane (or “Muffy,” as she was first known to family and friends), a third-generation native Californian, was born in Pasadena on November 1, 1956 to Drs. H. S. and Ethel J. Aijian. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, she was awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of Leeds in England and a teaching credential from the California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
Lane was raised to follow Jesus and display hospitality by devoted Christian parents, and she was proud of her Armenian heritage. In 1984 she was married to the Rev. William M. Anderson, with whom over thirty-five years she served as a partner in ministry in four churches in Pennsylvania and Florida, most recently in Daytona Beach. She was ordained a Ruling Elder in the Palmdale Presbyterian Church of Melbourne and served several churches as a passionate Bible teacher and choir member. She was delighted to follow in her mother’s footsteps by serving in leadership in Bible Study Fellowship classes in both Melbourne and Daytona Beach.
In addition to being a professional seamstress, Lane most recently was employed by Brevard Public Schools as a Parent Education Specialist. Her professional career as an educator blossomed after early years of investing fulltime at home in the lives of their three children who survive her: sons, the Rev. William Lewis Moore (“Will”) Anderson (and Dr. Erica Joan Pruett Anderson) and Schuyler Aijian Anderson (and Faith Elisabeth Anderson), all of Nashville, Tennessee; and daughter, Alice Anderson Bohn, J.D. (and Austin Jeffrey Bohn, J.D.) of Wilmington, Delaware.
She is also survived by brothers Dr. Paul S. Aijian and Mark M. Aijian, J.D., both of Santa Barbara, California, and Dr. Peter C. Aijian of Arroyo Grande, California, as well as a sister, Maria V. Aijian of Paso Robles, California, numerous beloved nieces and nephews, and dear friends the world over. This remarkable woman will be sorely missed, having touched countless lives especially through her hobbies of cooking, gardening, knitting and reading, all the time exhibiting unparalleled humility, generosity and grace.
Due to the current need for social distancing, Lane’s family regrets that services will be informal and private, though replete with the joy she exuded and spread and the hope which characterized her unshakable faith. Those wishing to make financial contributions in her memory may send them to Bible Study Fellowship (19001 Huebner Road, San Antonio, Texas 78258) or First Presbyterian Church (620 South Grandview Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32118).
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I was saddened to hear of Lane's passing. I haven't seen her since I was a young girl and Will was a baby. I remember how I enjoyed being in her presence. She was so calm, kind, warm and joyful. Perhaps those qualities stand out because that's how I felt as a young girl when I was around Lane. She was also a supportive and loving friend to my mom who really needed a friend. I look forward to seeing Lane again one day. She and my mom are both praising God in heaven now.
Sara (Meisinger) Hook
I attended First Pres in Greenville PA
I am so very sorry to learn of Lane’s passing. She was a talented lady with many interests and gifts but what I remember most is what a great Christian lady she was offering warmth and hospitality to the newest member of the church staff…that meant so much to me I still remember it to this day. Lane was truly a partner in your ministry and you both touched so many lives.
Although her passing was too soon… it was a blessing she saw the children develop into wonderful adults and celebrated each of their marriages and had a few years to enjoy the TN home where you will now retire and reflect on the 35 years of loving memories which will remain in your heart.
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers,
Lane, Peter and Carolyn at Alice Wedding 8/12/18
Lane, Paul and Peter at ROC Ranch for Alice's Wedding 8/12/18
Aunt Muffy, Chara and Katie Lekas (niece) 11/23/2016
Love to all of you.
We join you, dear Anderson family, in remembering Lane, grieving for her, celebrating her life and giving thanks for her and the joy of having had her in our lives.
With our love
Sarah and Justin
My deepest condolences to your family!
We are heartbroken with Lane's sudden passing. She brought so much joy and passion to her everyday ministry and my mom, Aurora, was a benefactor of that bright spirit. Lane always knew how to make you feel special and welcomed. We can only find comfort knowing that she touched our lives and in some way she is able to live on and love on in each one of us. Our sincerest condolences.
The Villaflor Family
Two memories of students days immediately come to mind. One was my first appearance as tenor soloist in Handel's 'Messiah,' at the Great Hall in Leeds. As I rose to sing the opening words, I looked down, and there was Lane on the front row, beaming that big smile of friendliness and encouragement, all the while - knitting! Typical of Lane never to waste a moment, even in repose! She continued to make something very long all the way through the performance.
The second is driving her, along with passenger Sarah Evans, the 60 miles to York, where she was to meet Bill for the first time with a view to going out together; they had met before, briefly I believe, in the States, but now Bill was studying in Scotland, and they had the chance to get together again and test out their relationship before God. We were supposed to drop her off so that the meeting would go ahead in secret, but Sarah was having none of that, and we hid behind pillars as the train drew in. Our first sight of Bill caused stupefied awe, as he stepped off the train in full Scottish rig: kilt, (Anderson tartan, of course), sporran, tam o'shanter on his head, sgian dubh, (knife) tucked into his long socks! - the lot. It was an important occasion, and Lane deserved to be treated with full honours! The rest is history - and what a history! What a beautiful life they have had together, and a testament to the 'rightness' of it can be witnessed in their family.
We were looking forward to seeing Lane this summer, on her planned trip to Britain; alas, it will not now be, but I hope she had much fun and enjoyed happy memories thinking of her time here, as she planned so meticulously.
To Bill, and all the family, relations and friends around the States, and the world, we join you in commemoration, celebration and remembrance. Lane was a very special lady who influenced all our lives for the good, and will forever held in our hearts and minds.
With love and prayers,
Robert and Beth Carlin,
Lane was always so hospitable and organised and thoughtful, she will be such a loss to you, the family and to so many in the wider community.
May you know God's comfort in your grief and consolation in the assurance of Lane's strong and sure Christian faith.
With all our love, Alan & Marjory
I remember Lane showing all her co-workers a purse she was crocheting out of plastic bags which was amazingly beautiful! Lane actually came around looking for plastic bags in our garbage cans to use for her project and was so excited.
Lane will be missed-- not only as a co-worker, but also as a kind and loving human being who cared for all around her.
I still cannot believe she is gone but know she has entered into His Kingdom and is on the right hand of our Lord and Savior.
Sending my deepest sympathies to you all,
Love always, Ms. Jessi Cepeda
RIP my friend
I am so sorry to see this news about Lane. I was looking one the website for my husband's uncle, and instead found your dear wife. Our family sends our prayers for your comfort and strength. We give thanks for the promise of the Resurrection.
Praying for God's strength for family and friends of Lane. Heaven has another beautiful angel...
Muffy and her siblings