Missionary Bella Anderson was born Bella Mae Peavy to the late Sarah and Ben Peavy, Sr. on May 2, 1935, in Oakfield, Georgia. She was the eldest of eight children. She received her early education in the state of Georgia and went on to pursue higher learning at Albany State College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She utilized her degree to become an educator. She began her teaching career in the state of Georgia. She was united in marriage to Benjamin Jones, Jr. From that union, 5 children were born. After the family moved to Texas, she joined and later retired from the Amarillo Independent School District after 25 years.
She dedicated her life to Christ and was an active member in the Church of God in Christ where she served as Church Secretary, Sunday School teacher, YPWW and YWCC Presidents, Bible Band teacher, Home and Foreign Mission President.
On September 28, 1996, she was united in marriage to Elder S. Ray Anderson. Together they served tirelessly as Pastor and First Lady, in the work of the Lord at Ambassadors for Christ C.O.G.I.C. She loved her church family and enjoyed attending church functions.
On June 24, 2007, Missionary Anderson was installed as District Missionary of the Amarillo-Canyon District C.O.G.I.C. She continued to serve in this capacity until the Lord called her home.
District Missionary Anderson is survived by her husband, Pastor S. Ray Anderson, Amarillo, her 5 children, Tanja Michelle Jones of Dallas, Marvin L. Jones (Amelia) of Huntsville, Alabama, Yolanda Evette Cotton (Ronald) of Amarillo, Stephanie L. Jones of Amarillo, Jerry Jones (Alicia) of Austin, her 2 step-children, Kimberly Anderson-Cain (Kevin) of Omaha, Nebraska, Michael Anderson of Ralls, Texas, 25 grand and great grandchildren, 3 sisters, Ella Mae Tolbert (Robert) of Thomson, Georgia, Viola Boyd of Sylvester, Georgia, Rosa Lee Mitchell of Detroit, Michigan, 1 brother, Jesse Dee Peavy (Valentina) of Sylvester, Georgia, a host of nieces, nephews, and spiritual brothers, sisters, sons and daughters.
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