Anderson, Mildred Merrilyn, 86, of Sparta MI, died on Thursday, May 21 at Spectrum Health Hospital, Rehab and Nursing Center, in Grand Rapids MI, after a long illness. She was born on June 23, 1933, in Anderson County, Tennessee, to the late Castelle and Edna Gentry, who moved to Detroit around 1940. She worked as a nurse aide, in real estate, and, for 13 years, for General Motors in Flint, Michigan. After retiring in 1990, she moved to Sparta, MI, and was very active in several local churches, as a teacher assistant, in her condominium association, and with her family. She was preceded in death in 1987 by her beloved husband, Richard L. Anderson; and by three brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by two sisters, Mary Lou Miller and Roberta Gaines; her brother, James Gentry; her sister-in-law, Bethany Hammond; and brother-in-law, Douglas Anderson; her six children, Catherine Burg (Patrick), Lauren Hahn (Bill), Bethany Kandow (Ken), Jerry Anderson (Maureen), Rick Anderson (Dawn), Sharon Anderson (Ron Heck); seven grandchildren, Matthew, Bethany, Nate, Vince, Allison, Meredith, and Mitchell; and six great-grandchildren, Damaris, Moriah, Selah, Judah, Daniel, and Hansi. A private graveside service will be held in Byron, MI, in June.