In Memoriam: Honoring Mrs. Verlie Mae Pickens by Independent San Francisco Writer Anh Lê

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In Memoriam: Honoring Mrs. Verlie Mae Pickens

By Anh Lê

Mrs. Verlie Mae Pickens, a long-time resident of San Francisco, California, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, September 22, 2021, surrounded with the love and care of her granddaughter, Ms. Charisse Anderson, in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Pickens was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana on June 11, 1916, the daughter of Mr. Thomas Alfred Nisby and Mrs. Lillian Lumpkin Nisby.

She celebrated her 105th Birthday with her family at Disneyland this year.

Mrs. Pickens was raised in Lake Charles, and moved to San Francisco in 1940.

Mrs. Pickens was married to the late Mr. Samuel Van Buren Pickens in 1947, and she and Mr. Pickens were happily married for 40 years until his passing in 1987.

Her first husband was Mr. Joseph Henry Anderson, whom she married in 1937.  She and Mr.  Anderson were blessed with their child, the late Mr. Joseph Henry Anderson II, who passed away several years ago.

Mrs. Verlie Mae Pickens' most immediate family includes her son, the late Joseph Henry Anderson II; her granddaughters, Ms. Charisse Anderson and Ms. Lesa Campbell; her grandson, Mr. Joseph Anderson; her great grandson, Mr. Jeremy Anderson; and her daughter-in-law, Ms. Euna Anderson.

Mrs. Pickens has 7 siblings: Ms. Vera Nisby Miyasaki of Antioch, California; and the late Charles Nisby, Addie Hall, Wiley Nisby, Lillian Nisby, Mercedes Joubert, and Ina Tommie Dewitt.

My son, Minh Jeffrey Anh Lê, and I are so deeply thankful that Mrs. Verlie Mae Pickens was and will always be regarded as our Dearest Family Friend.

Mrs. Pickens and I enjoyed so many good and memorable conversations together.

Born and raised in Lake Charles, Mrs. Pickens grew up in the Deep South.

She shared with me how her parents so lovingly raised her and her siblings, and taught her values that she lived by throughout her life.

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