BRANSON, Mo. — Eulalee Long Anderson, 93, died 11/11/12 following a stroke in Branson, MO, where she lived near her daughter for the past four years.
Eulalee was born July 25, 1919, the daughter of Frank and Eula Lee Kennedy Long, and spent her first 16 years in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Her heart belongs to Brazil and, in her later life, to Eastern Illinois University, where she devoted many years of service to the institution and its students.
She married Rudy Anderson in 1941, whom she met while they both attended the University of Oklahoma, and lived awhile in Flora, IL, before spending her next 60 years in Mattoon. In 2003, she moved to the Brookstone Estates in Charleston.
She is survived by her daughter Nita Main of southwest MO and son John Anderson of Vienna, VA; one brother, Lewis Long of VA and one sister, Edith Schisler of Vermont and Brazil — 5 grandchildren — Tony, Wendy, & Gina Main and Rafael & Cecilia Anderson; and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Rudy in 1995, by a daughter, Karen, and two brothers, James and Millard.
Eulalee received a BA with honors from the University of Oklahoma and 3 graduate degrees from EIU. Activities were numerous. Some were PTA, Reading Club, AAUW, League of Women Voters, YMCA, and Hospice. She taught in Mattoon, before returning to college and working in the EIU library. For several years, she was EIU’s Foreign Student Advisor. Widely known and loved among the university community over these many years, she was “Mother” to many foreign students, before and after being their advisor.
She received numerous community service awards in Mattoon and Charleston and an honorary doctorate for service to EIU. Seeking to widen global cultural understanding, she worked tirelessly to launch international teas, fairs, and exhibitions, assisting “homestays” throughout central Illinois, thus helping introduce many African, Asian, Latin American, and European students to the warmth of American hospitality and culture, while also introducing their American hosts to a broader view of the world.
Eulalee traveled often, going back to “her” Brazil several times, spending time in Syria, when Rudy, as an independent geologist, selected the discovery well in NE Syria. Many trips were made to visit her children living in various locations overseas.
A memorial reception will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM at the Neal Welcome Center, 860 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to “Eastern Illinois University Foundation,” memo line: Eulalee Anderson International Students Fund. (Address: 860 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920)