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Mrs. Selena Velma Helm Anderson

July 14, 1934 ~ August 2, 2018 (age 84)
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Mrs. Selena Velma Helm Anderson died peacefully at home on August 2, 2018, in Jackson, Mississippi, at the age of 84 after a lengthy illness.

Selena is survived by her husband, Dr. James Anderson, daughter, Ruby Anderson Fitzpatrick (James) of Newtown, Connecticut; son, James Anderson Jr. (Laura) of Terry, Mississippi; and grandchildren, Garrett and Daniel, Fitzpatrick, Kristen, Caleb and Matthew Crittie and Samantha Anderson. 

Born in 1934 to Lewis and Selena Helm, Selena lived most of her life in Jackson. She was a member of the Lanier High School class of 1952 and graduated from Central State College in 1956 with a bachelor of Arts in music. She was a gifted singer and her love for music and the arts influenced all facets of her life.

Selena married Dr. James Anderson in 1959. Following Dr. Anderson's graduation from medical school. they lived in St. Louis Missouri. Later, they returned to Mississippi where Selena taught school in Magnolia and her husband established his medical practice in McComb during the turbulent Freedom Summer. They soon returned to Jackson and the couple welcomed three children into their home. Selena set about teaching them all the values she held dear. Her children remember her as a kind, gentle, patient mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals. Her devotion to her family was unbending.

Selena was a dedicated member of Pearl Street A.M.E. Church. While she was active, she always chaired committees to decorate for Christmas, weddings and other events. She was passionate about creating beautiful spaces for special occasions and celebrations.

A strong commitment to serving others led Selena to join the Laura Felt Missionary Society at her church and the Jackson (MS) Chapter of the Links Incorporated. She was named a Platinum member of The Links as she was the embodiment of their core values of friendship, integrity, honesty, service, commitment, family relationship, courage, respect for self and others. Legacy confidentiality, responsibility, and accountability.

Selena had a welcoming and generous spirit. Her home was a gathering place for community functions, political fundraisers, and parties. She was well known for her willingness and ability to host others and make everyone feel at home.

All are encouraged to celebrate Selena Life after her internment at Pearl Street A.M.E. Church fellowhip hall

Family and Friends hour has been set for Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Peoples Funeral Home between the hours of 5-7p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. at Pearl Street A.M.E Church located at 2519 Robinson Street Jackson, MS 39209


Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18

In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to Pearl Street A.M.E. Church 2519 Robinson Street Jackson, Mississippi 39209.

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