A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Dec. 21 at St. Michael Catholic Church for former Milwaukee Common Council Ald. E. Fay Anderson, who served in office from 1992 to 1995. Anderson died Nov. 24 of Alzheimer’s disease according to her daughter. Anderson was 78. Common Council President, Ald. Willie Hines, who defeated Anderson in her reelection bid in 1996, praised the alderman, calling her “a dedicated public servant who worked diligently to make neighborhoods stronger and safer and her efflorts benefited the 15th district. “I will always be mindful of her positive contributions and service to our city,” Hines said.
One of 10 children from Rob Roy, Ark., Anderson reportedly came to Milwaukee in 1971, after meeting former State Legislator Dismis Becker in Kansas City, Kan. The two married in 1975 and helped raise four of Anderson’s children from a previous marriage. Becker encouraged Anderson to run for alderman. During her campaign and in office, Anderson reportedly focused on championing self-sufficient and viable neighborhoods in her district and throughout the Black community. She was also reportedly concerned about the crack epidemic, joblessness, and the community’s relationshop with the Milwaukee Police Department.
--Compiled by MCJ Staff