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Bertha Chandler Anthony was born on January 31, 1932, at her home, 1831 Baker Avenue, East St. Louis, Illinois. She was the the fifth child born to the late Charles Chandler, Sr. and Alice White Chandler. Her husband, Reverend Joseph Alexander Anthony, Jr., one son, Jeffrey Chandler Anthony, one great-granddaughter, Alaisha; three brothers, Cleveland, James, and Charles Chandler and three sisters, Mary Chandler Price Daniels, Luella Chandler White and Charlene Chandler Mack preceded her in death. Mrs. Anthony attended Dunbar Elementary School, Lincoln Senior High School and graduated from University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, Illinois. She taught in the East St. Louis School District 189 for forty years. She helped shape the lives of many while being a nurturing wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, sister and friend. She often opened her home and heart to anyone in need. Mrs. Anthony was united in Holy Matrimony to Joseph Alexander Anthony, Jr. on October 28, 1955; four children were born to this union: Joseph Alexander III, Charles Marshall, Stephanie Alison and Jeffrey Chandler. After the death of her brother Cleveland, she immediately opened her heart and doors to Stephen, who became her fifth child.

At an early age, she professed Christ as her Savior and was baptized at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor L.T. Phinnessee. She was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Young Matrons’ Society. She was also intricately involved in the tape ministry. Upon her husband being called to the ministry, she accompanied him as First Lady as he assumed his pastoral duties at Antioch Baptist Church in Lovejoy, Illinois. In 1953, Mrs. Anthony became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Nu Chapter. She later became a Diamond Life member of the East St. Louis Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated. She was instrumental in the conception, development and implementation of the Delta Economic Development Center (DEDC) located at 1012 South 15th Street in East St Louis, Illinois. Her generous financial support ensured the completion of this facility. She was very much loved, well known and highly respected in the community. After suffering through a long illness, Mrs. Bertha Chandler Anthony expired in the comfort of her daughter Stephanie’s home on Thursday, March 12, 2015. She is survived by three sons, Joseph lll (Cheryl), Belleville, Illinois; Charles (Theresa), Farmington Hills, Michigan and Stephen Anthony, East St. Louis, Illinois; one daughter, Stephanie (Mark) Miles, East St. Louis, Illinois; twenty-one grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Marvin Vaughn Anthony and Charles Gilbert Anthony; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Gloria (Earlie) Sykes; Mrs. Martha F. Anthony; one nephew, William (Billy) Chandler; and a host of other relatives, many students and friends.

Order of Service The Prelude Selection

The Lord is My Light and My Salvation Friendship Missionary Baptist Church


Evangelist Trena McGuire

Scripture Reading

Old Testament • Proverbs 31:10-31 Deacon Harvey Graham New Testament • II Timothy 4:7-8 Deacon Solomon Foley


Safe in His Arms Sister Maureen Williams

Acknowledgements Sister Christine Goff


In the Name of Jesus/Victory is Mine Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

The Remarks

Mr. Tommie Van Pastor Tonnie Bradford


Read Silently (Soft Music)


In the Garden, (Bertha’s Favorite Song) Elder Joseph A. Anthony, IV


Reverend Joseph Alexander Anthony, lll Present Day Kingdom Ministries

Parting View The Benediction The Recessional

The Interment

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis, Missouri


Bertha’s Only Daughter T r i b u t e

F r o m

JESUS IS THE LORD, THE LORD BE MAGNIFIED! This is written in honor of my mother, Bertha C. Anthony, whom I love with everything in me. She taught me the true meaning of love, praising God and how to thrive during times of adversity. She taught me that love is an action word. She was the most loving, strongest woman I know. She was a loving mother, teacher, and caregiver. If anyone needed anything, and she had it to give, it was yours. She cared for her two sisters and my dad in our home until their deaths. Everyone in the neighborhood could tell you how she helped them in some way. Family members and friends could tell you how her home was open to everyone. Mother, Sister in Christ, Soror and Friend, when God made you, He CREATED a JEWEL. THANK YOU FOR BEING MY MAMMA. As I use to say when I was a little girl, “I LOVE YOU TOOOOOOO SWEETIE!”

Stephanie With Eternal Love,

The Serenity Prayer God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. amen

Our Sincere Appreciation

The family of Mrs. Bertha Chandler Anthony is sincerely grateful for your prayers and many kindnesses extended to us. We ask that you continue to pray for us as we gain strength to face the days ahead.

The Flower Bearers Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Special Friends

The Pallbearers Joseph A. Anthony, lV

Quintin Jones

Charles M. Anthony, ll

Mark O. Miles, ll

Austin T. C. Anthony

Kevin Ellis

Sean Anthony

Calvin Smith

Obituary of Mrs. Bertha Anthony  

Celebrating the Life of a Virtuous Woman...Mrs. Bertha Anthony. Funeral held Friday, March 20, 2015 in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Obituary of Mrs. Bertha Anthony  

Celebrating the Life of a Virtuous Woman...Mrs. Bertha Anthony. Funeral held Friday, March 20, 2015 in East St. Louis, Illinois.