Herald-Whig

Your Turn/Joye Anderson

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 9, 2018 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher or a nurse. My Grandma Schwartz encouraged me without my realizing it when she always said "there comes my little nurse" as I walked across the room toward her bed with her meal.

What would you rather be doing right now? I'd love to be on a cruise with my whole family.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I was a very shy child.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? When a friend said to my Dad "your daughter has a beautiful name," and my dad replied "yes, and she is a joy to us."

It really stinks when ... people don't use their signals while driving and throw out their trash everywhere.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Busy.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jesus and my Mother and Dad. It would be a wonderful visit with an enjoyable meal.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go out for dinner with family or friends to relax and enjoy that time together.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a well-organized person.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... at Scottie's Roller Rink on North 12th when I asked Bob Anderson for the ladies' choice for the moonlight skate. Then in return, he asked me for the gentleman's choice skate. So exciting!

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... repeat that skating event.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... spend it immediately nor all on myself. I would consider our family needs, then consider that family cruise, remember my church and Jensen Woods Camp.

America should be more concerned about ... all the crimes, behavior problems, parenting and littering. Would some community educational sessions be helpful? We are so wasteful. Would a fine for littering help? An evening meal at home with no TV is so important in parenting. Take part in their school activities.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... pens and pencils.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Attend and bring your children to church" came as advice from the late Rev. Stanley Jensen who was our pastor at Union United Methodist Church for 25 years.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... music.

I always get sentimental when ... I was so touched when I heard that the St. Louis developers (an understanding family) who had bought the Jensen Woods Camp decided that the 550 acres should remain as a beautiful campsite, so contacted the Jensen Camp Foundation. Then came the good report that the foundation had raised enough money to sign the papers as owners. God was in charge.

The older I get, the more I realize ... that I've been blessed with a wonderful life -- good parents with a happy farm life, good schools with wonderful teachers, a happy marriage with five healthy children and able to recently celebrate my 90th year.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have said "I love you" to my parents more often.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my wedding dress because it made me feel special and happy that day. I still have it.

If I've learned anything at all ... Be thankful for each day.

Joye Anderson, 90, was born and raised on a farm near Liberty. She walked or rode a pony 1 1/2 miles to a one-room schoolhouse named Livingston. She came to Quincy in 1946 when she entered nurse's training at Blessing Hospital.

She and her late husband Bob were married for 53 years. They had five wonderful children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She retired from nursing at age 66 after a career including 22 years employed with Dr. Hildegarde Germann Sinnock.

Anderson enjoys gardening, quilting, family gatherings, travel and being active in her church, Union United Methodist, plus attending Quincy Community Theatre, United Methodist Women, Church Women United and the Muny.