Anderson, Eulalee

2012-11-19T23:01:00Z Anderson, Eulalee
November 19, 2012 11:01 pm

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)

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    carlos casasco - November 20, 2012 12:43 pm
    As a Rotary exchange student from Brasil in 1983, my First day at school and knowing no english at all , Mrs. Anderson with a big smile said to me in portuguese I´m here to help u, and so she did. And that yr, she took me to most international tea at EIU where i met a lot of other students from all over the world. Even after the exchange program the times i went back to Mattoon i was stopped by to see her and Mr. Anderson. Thank you Mrs. Anderson for all u have done for me and others students.
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    Peggy's_Soapbox - November 20, 2012 9:55 am
    Eulalee was beloved by the international students at Eastern Illinois University over the many years of her involvement on campus. They knew that if they needed help, advice, or friendship, they could call on her. She also served on the University's Women's Studies Council, and it was in that setting that I got to know her and appreciate her dedication and service. She was one of the first recipients of the Council's 'Woman of Achievement Award,' based on her service and example as role model.
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    GinaMV - November 20, 2012 12:12 am
    "Grandmother" in Portuguese is Vovo. And while she was "Vovo" to me by blood and name, I understand that she was 'vovo' to so many others as well. A mother to all from a foreign land, grand and welcoming, she was beautiful inside and out to the very end. She was the smiling face everyone needs whether alone in a new land or surrounded by friends and family, a gravitating force. Her smile and radiance will never fade from memory.
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