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Remembering the late Willie Dean Anderson on Black History Month

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH)-- WACH Fox is celebrating Black History Month with a look at some African-Americans across the Midlands who’ve made significant contributions to our area.

We remember the late Willie Dean Rumph Anderson.

For decades Willie Dean Anderson was known for impacting the lives of everyone she came across. She was recognized as a community staple who opened her home to as many children who she could help.

Since 1978 she lived in a small house in Cayce South Carolina. She lost the home in 2017 by a fire that started from the back.

Anderson fostered more than 70 children across her lifetime and focused more on giving back after retiring from the Continental Can Company in Maryland after 31 years of work.

After losing her home, the Cayce fire and police departments decided to pitch in and throw the community diva a surprise 105th birthday party.

Her son, Andre Anderson, said she is deserving of every year she's lived. "She never met a stranger," said Anderson. "No matter what kind of day you're having, it rubs off on you and your day instantly gets better."

Two months after the fire Willie Dean Anderson passed away. She was honored at St. Peters A.M.E. Church August 15, 2017.

Willie Dean Anderson wasn’t the first to reach so high in the golden years; her grandmother lived until she was 107-years-old.

May your legacy live on through those who you impacted.

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