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Lane Anderson
  • November 01, 1956
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  • April 07, 2020

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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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  1. 21 May 2020
    Sara Hook says:
    Bill and family,
    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

  2. 16 May 2020
    Diane Hawrylak says:
    Dear Bill,

    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,

    Fondly,
    Diane

  3. 16 May 2020
    Diane and Steve Hawrylak lit a candle:
    Lit since May 16, 2020 at 5:57:32 PM

  4. 26 Apr 2020
    Katie Lekas says:
    Beyond words at this sudden loss other than to say Aunt Muffy, as she was known to some of us, was a loving and Godly woman that will be sorely missed. My heart is comforted in knowing that I will see her again and that she is in Heaven with her beloved Savior.

  5. 26 Apr 2020
    Katie Lekas posted an image:
    Lane, Peter and Carolyn at Alice Wedding 8/12/18
    Lane, Peter and Carolyn at Alice Wedding 8/12/18

  6. 26 Apr 2020
    Katie Lekas posted an image:
    Lane, Paul and Peter at ROC Ranch for Alice's Wedding 8/12/18
    Lane, Paul and Peter at ROC Ranch for Alice's Wedding 8/12/18

  7. 26 Apr 2020
    Katie Lekas posted an image:
    Aunt Muffy, Chara and Katie Lekas (niece) 11/23/2016
    Aunt Muffy, Chara and Katie Lekas (niece) 11/23/2016

  8. 20 Apr 2020
    Yvonne Christine Treydte says:
    Only our hope in Jesus Christ and His salvation makes it possible to bear the loss of Muffy. She did all as unto the Lord. With loving memories,

  9. 18 Apr 2020
    Nancy Morris says:
    Bill and family, my heart is breaking for you. Your dear wife and mother will sorely be missed. Although I haven't seen her in years, I have nothing but fond memories of the times that you all came to visit Mom and Dad in Erie. May she rest in peace.
    Love to all of you.

  10. 18 Apr 2020
    Nancy Morris lit a candle:
    Lit since April 18, 2020 at 4:00:36 PM

  11. 18 Apr 2020
    AJ Babel for the Blue Ridge Cru (ETSU) staff team says:
    Bill and family, we are so saddened to hear of Lane's passing. Our staff team has been blessed for many years by your generosity toward us. We have and will continue to pray for God's mercy for you.

  12. 17 Apr 2020
    Jennifer (Kelly) Williams says:
    Spent many years knowing the Anderson family at Media Presbyterian Church and babysitting all 3 children. What a wonderful, loving family. Lane was indeed a gracious woman and as a teenager she had such a positive impact on my life. I'm thankful to have known her.

  13. 16 Apr 2020
    Jayna Jenkins says:
    I had the privilege of working with Lane since late 2017. I adored Lane and the LIFE she brought into the world. Lane's family - you are all in my prayers, praying you find Peace and Comfort close to you in this time.

  14. 15 Apr 2020
    George and Monrie McDaniel lit a candle:
    Lit since April 15, 2020 at 4:19:53 PM

  15. 15 Apr 2020
    George McDaniel says:
    Bill and family , we were so shocked and surprised to hear of Lanes passing. Lane was a wonderful fabulous sunny bright woman who gleamed with the joy of the Lord in her heart and for her passion of family and friends. Anyone who knew her loved being around her. She is the angel watching over her family now. RIP

  16. 15 Apr 2020
    Sarah Evans says:
    My dearest friend Lane was a shining beacon of goodness and we were heartbroken to learn of her death. She was planning to come and see us in June, touring England and Wales, and we’d been having so many excited emails in preparation. She was hilarious, kind, clever, loving and a wise, compassionate teacher of just about everything. We met soon after she arrived at Leeds University to do her Masters in September 1978. We were at the first meeting of what would become the Leeds University Christian Union Singing Group and have been locked in each other’s hearts ever since. We were thrilled when Bill came on the scene, and Robert and I were actually hiding behind pillars on the platform of York station the day he arrived from Scotland for their first ‘date’. He stepped off the train in full Anderson regalia, we burst out of hiding and the rest is history - we have adored them and their family ever since. We treasure the memories of all our holidays together over the years. You three children and your lovely spouses are testament to Lane’s gift as a loving Christian mum. She was unique, with the biggest, warmest smile, the kindest, twinkliest eyes, the wisest counsel, the most meticulous attention to others’ needs and always looking for how she could help out, join in, learn more, teach, and above all pray for others. I learned so much about how to pray from Lane.
    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
    Sheffield
    England

  17. 15 Apr 2020
    Janean Knight says:
    Lane helped me understand my own spiritual connection in so many ways. She gave this world and all who knew her, unconditional acceptance, love and inspiration.

  18. 15 Apr 2020
    Jennifer Lemke says:
    Dear Anderson Family, Lane was a HUGE support to me when I began teaching the same program at Palm Bay High as she was teaching at EGHS! Without her (and the others) I would have been completely lost!!! Lane was always so positive and always willing to talk even after we had both moved on to other positions! Every time I saw her she always had a huge smile and a hug to greet me! I will miss her greatly!!
    My deepest condolences to your family!
    Jennifer Lemke

  19. 15 Apr 2020
    Regina Paris says:
    Dearest Anderson 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

  20. 15 Apr 2020
    AURORA VILLAFLOR lit a candle:
    Lit since April 15, 2020 at 4:56:00 AM

  21. 14 Apr 2020
    Robert Carlin says:
    It was devastating to learn of Lane's death, a much-cherished, dearly-loved friend. I first met her late in 1977/78, while we were both students at Leeds University in Yorkshire, England. I have much to be thankful for, and many happy memories, as we have kept in touch ever since, and both my wife, Beth, and I have benefited from Lane's tremendous, faithful friendship. Even now, if we struggle with some practical issue, we ask ourselves: 'What would Lane do?' and usually a practical and sensible solution presents itself! She was full of wisdom, and her advice and support, social and spiritual, was always well thought-out and invaluable.

    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,
    Nottingham, UK

  22. 14 Apr 2020
    Alan & Marjory Telfer says:
    Bill, you and your dear family are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Marjory and I were stunned to learn of Lane's sudden death. Along with our family we send you all our love. We all have such fond memories of timeshared s spent together over the years on both sides of the Atlantic, and of the blessings of the ministry exchanges we in and enjoyed.
    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

  23. 13 Apr 2020
    Cindy Wortham says:
    I worked with Lane while a family advocate for Head Start at Riverview and now Enterprise. Lane was a light to us all as she always had a smile, was easy to get to know and made you feel you could count on her for advise or help. Lane was open to new ideas and was willing to present in a workshop to families or brainstorm solutions. Lane was friendly and had a sense of humor which lightened the work load often.

    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,
    3RV4

  24. 13 Apr 2020
    Jessi Cepeda says:
    My condolences to The Anderson family. It was great pleasure and an honor working with Lane at the start of this school year. The head start program at Discovery Elementary was Blessed to have her for 6 Friday's during her Parenting Courses. Words cannot explain how much we all learned from theses courses and how much Lane had to offer from her personal parenting skills. We enjoyed her humor and all the funny stories she shared with the group just made the 2 hr. course go so fast . We couldn't wait to the following week. I was lucky to talk to her more after everyone had left. She would thank me for the goodies I would buy for the group each and every time. We had already spoken about having her return this coming school year and many of the parents couldn't wait to join us again. One story that I will always remember was the story she shared about leaving her purse with her cell phone in a fast food restaurant on one of her road trips. She had us all laughing because of how animated she told the story. She made a situation that would have been devastated to others a learning experience and since Lane was loved by so many she was able to recover her purse and cell phone, after the location was tracked and friends who were going in that direction were able to pick up the purse for her. This is just 1 of many stories she shared and will always be remembered. RIP my dear friend I will miss working with you but I know you want us to continue your legacy in helping parents with their parenting skills. We hope to have a remember Lane day for you and continue that Legacy.
    Love always, Ms. Jessi Cepeda

  25. 13 Apr 2020
    Jocelyne Dagher says:
    I am extremely sorry to hear about your loss. Lane has definitely left a great impact by touching so many lives. She was a fantastic person inside out. Accept my deepest sympathy, and may her soul rest in peace

  26. 13 Apr 2020
    Jocelyne Dagher lit a candle:
    Lit since April 13, 2020 at 4:45:30 PM

  27. 13 Apr 2020
    Michelle Webb says:
    Lane's death was a surprise to many and my heart and prayers go out to her family. Lane was instrumental in guiding my daughter, Alisha into her career of education. Lane was Alisha's teacher at Eau Gallie High in the VPK program in which Alisha took each year, ending with becoming Lane's student teacher assistant her Senior year. Lane's passion for early education showed in everything she did, and was such a large influence in so many of us! She will greatly be missed!

  28. 13 Apr 2020
    Janice Smith says:
    I knew Lane from her time with Head Start at Riverview. She was a kind, loving person. I learned so many things about working with children from her. She will be missed.

    RIP my friend

  29. 13 Apr 2020
    Tammy Aiken says:
    Lane, was an amazing lady, sister in Christ and educator of young children who loved her. She uplifted me and encouraged me to continue my path as an educator. She was more than simply my teaching coach. She was a friend, an admired woman by many including me, and she truly showed the love and kindness of Christ to all who had the privilege of meeting her. Lane will be sorely missed in the education field. I rejoice with her family in knowing she is celebrating with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. It is a glorious day in heaven for Lane. God bless you and my sincerest sympathies to her husband and family. Much love - Tammy Aiken

  30. 13 Apr 2020
    Rita and Rich Shader says:
    Bill, we are heartbroken for you and your family. Lane was such a joy to be with and we always took pleasure in her company and yours. I remember when I was making Amy's wedding gown with all that intricate Celtic knotwork, I told Amy that if for any reason I was unable to complete the gown she was to ask Lane to do it, the only person I trusted to finish it. Lane was surprised when I told her, humble as always. We are keeping all of you in prayer, with love, Rita and Rich

  31. 12 Apr 2020
    Bill Rayner lit a candle:
    Lit since April 12, 2020 at 4:39:24 PM

  32. 11 Apr 2020
    Joe & Sue Hare says:
    Oh Bill, our hearts ache over this news. Lane was a true saint who will always be remembered for her love for life, hard work and devotion to family and Jesus. Prayers to you and your family from all your friends at MPC

  33. 11 Apr 2020
    Bonnie Wellensiek says:
    What a beautiful life lived for Christ, an example to us all.

  34. 11 Apr 2020
    Mona Potter says:
    Our heartfelt sympathy to Lane's family and friends. It was wonderful to work with her in the VPK program with Brevard Public Schools. Lane was an amazing person and very respected Early Childhood Teacher. She touched the lives of so many! Mona Potter

  35. 10 Apr 2020
    Phylis & Mike Iswalt says:
    Lane has made a lasting impression as a loving and caring individual. We have only known her for a few years since her daughter Alice and our nephew Austin were engaged. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Lane was always interested in everyone. We just visited with her and Bill in February and we cannot believe that she is no longer with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  36. 10 Apr 2020
    Tony Sheppard says:
    Sorry to hear this news of Lane’s death. My thoughts are with Bill, Alice, and the boys! They are all grown up now. I remember Lane from St George’s Leeds and staying with them in Melbourne in 93. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven. Tony Sheppard

  37. 10 Apr 2020
    Linda Simmons says:
    Bill and family,

    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.

  38. 10 Apr 2020
    Anjanette McGee-Cason says:
    Lane was such a joy to work with during our state work-group meetings. She was so helpful about getting information to assist families and children in exceptional student education. Lane had a sweet spirit and was so kind. She would often share with me her latest designs that she was making gifts for her family when knitting sweaters, bags and everything. She was so talented!
    Praying for God's strength for family and friends of Lane. Heaven has another beautiful angel...

  39. 10 Apr 2020
    Beth Daniels Emmons lit a candle:
    Lit since April 10, 2020 at 4:25:22 PM

  40. 10 Apr 2020
    Kathy Beauchamp says:
    lane was an amazing person to work with! She was always kind and professional. She will truly be missed by everyone that knew her.

  41. 10 Apr 2020
    Amanda White lit a candle:
    Lit since April 10, 2020 at 4:46:23 AM

  42. 09 Apr 2020
    Mary Ann Ahearn says:
    To the family of our dear Lane we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Lane was truly a bright star that shown among us for all to see. her kindness compassion and desire to serve others was second to none. Heaven has surely gained another angel today but we have definitely lost one on earth. please know that Lane is in our thoughts and prayers as are all of you take care and God bless !

  43. 09 Apr 2020
    Rhonda Samuels says:
    Lane you were such an amazing teacher and mentor. We were all so very blessed to work with you all those years ago in VPK. Thanks for making each of us feel special. You will be greatly missed by everyone who ever spent any time with you . Luv ya special lady

  44. 09 Apr 2020
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    Lit since April 9, 2020 at 4:42:58 PM

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  47. 09 Apr 2020
    Paul Aijian posted an image:
    Muffy and her siblings
    Muffy and her siblings

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