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Viola J. Anderson

Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend;

Viola J. (Handley) Anderson, 81, of Dracut, Massachusetts, cherished wife of Donald W. Anderson, passed away peacefully in her home of 76 years on Saturday December 21, 2019 with her loving family by her side after a period of declining health.

Vi was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on October 13, 1938, a daughter of the late Alfred F. and the late Gladys M. (Greene) Handley and was a 1956 graduate of Dracut High School.

A homemaker for several years while her children were young, she was also employed as a medical secretary for Doctors in Lowell and Chelmsford for over 30 years.

Viola’s main joy and happiness in life was her family. She dedicated her life to her family and loved nothing more than spending time with them while enjoying a good box of chocolates.

She and Don enjoyed many years of retirement, traveled extensively and spent several years wintering in Naples, Florida.

Vi had a close circle of beloved friends many of whom go back sixty or seventy years. She had a wonderful sense of humor, a quick wit and was able to make a new friend everywhere she went. 

Besides her husband Don, her devoted soulmate of 61 years, she is survived  by her loving children Donald W. Anderson, Jr. and his wife Antonette of Salem, NH and Carole Roberts and her companion John Philbrick of Dracut; her dear sister Carole (Handley) Aubut of Dracut; her adored grandchildren Kaitlyn Roberts and her fiancée Christopher King of Dracut, Michael Anderson of Boston and Stephanie Anderson of Bangor, ME; and great grandson Brendon King; her nieces Nancy Lafontaine of Florida, Betty Aubut of North Carolina and Peggy Osbaldeston of Amesbury; and many dear great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

Viola’s family would like to thank the nurses and aides at Commonwealth Nursing Services and Merrimack Valley Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion during her illness as well as the Firefighters and EMT’s of Dracut Fire Dept. and Trinity Ambulance Service.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday December 26, 2019. Relatives and friends are invited to her Funeral Service to be held Friday morning at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME at 10:00 followed by her burial at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN., 38101. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. ODonnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.   


Condolences (7)
  • Albert and Jane D’Addario  - Aunti Vi
    We always enjoyed seeing Aunti Vi. She was funny, witty and so kind! Our thoughts and prayers are with. Albert and Jane
  • Paul Gregoire  - Auntie Vi
    Dear Nancy, So very sorry to hear of your aunt's passing. I remember her as a wonderful lady from spending time with you at her house. Remember the good times. Respectfully, Paul
  • Mary & Lew Ayotte  - Auntie Vi
    To the Anderson's family and extended family....I am so sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, sister, and aunt...she always held a very special place in my heart and will be sadly missed. I will always remember the memories we had with Auntie Vi at Nancy's & Lee's home in much fun and laughter we had. Those memories will always be cherished by us. With my sympathy to the family...and please hug your dad for me. Mary & Lew
  • Missy Ritchey  - Special lady
    Don, Carole and Kaitlyn, I am so glad that I had the opportunity to get to know your Mom. She always had a kind words to say about everyone.Chetish the memories you have and know that I am thinking of all of you♥️
  • Terry emond  - Friend
    I only knew her for a few years but felt like I knew her for many years she was the most kind thoughtful lady I ever met it was such a pleasure to know her and am so happy for my son John that he met Carole and has become part of the family's life it is a sad time but a happy time that she is no longer suffering may you rest in peace love Terry
  • Kaitlyn  - Best grandmother
    I love you Meme ❤️
  • Kaitlyn
    I love you Meme ❤️
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