St. Louis, MO (BlackNews.com) — Andy’s Seasoning’s CEO Katherine Anderson died Monday evening due to complications associated with a year-long illness. She was 79. Mrs. Anderson is credited with expanding the Andy’s Seasoning (Andy’s) brand and with successfully navigating the firm through a tumultuous financial period following the abrupt death of her husband, Reuben Anderson – the firm’s former CEO who died in November 1996.
Forced to seize the leadership reigns at Andy’s, Mrs. Anderson quickly transitioned from St. Louis City Worker to CEO of Andy’s multi-million dollar operations. Mrs. Anderson prepared for the daunting task by working day and night. During the day, she learned the business while meticulously overseeing the firm’s operations. In the evening, she attended business management classes and strengthened her business acumen.
Bolstered by faith and a supportive staff, Mrs. Anderson elevated Andy’s Seasoning to new heights. In addition to achieving significant sales increases in all segments of its seasoning and breading business, under Mrs. Anderson’s leadership Andy’s reached a milestone of 25 years in business in 2006 and completed a 15,000 square feet expansion at its facility at 2829 Chouteau Avenue.
Andy also continues to fulfill the promise Mrs. Anderson made decades ago when she told employees Andy’s will bless them as Andy’s is blessed.
In a message to employees – Larry W. Lee, Mrs. Anderson’s son and successor, shared the following on her behalf: “My mother’s desire was to let each of you know individually and personally how much she appreciates your service and your helping her build this company. She asked that we continue the legacy of Andy’s by working hard to ensure Andy’s survival and growth so you will have a job for as long as you want a job at Andy’s.”
In a separate statement, Lee said on behalf of the family that “Katherine Anderson was the most giving person our family has ever known. She did immeasurable good and helped people in the most quiet unassuming way. She was candid, never held a grudge, and was an outstanding matriarch. She imparted wisdom and instilled the principles of hard work, punctuality, and honesty. We were blessed to have her and her presence will be missed.”
Mrs. Anderson was an involved community member and ardent supporter of charitable causes. She served on the board of Gateway Classic Sports Foundation and formerly served on the Board of United Way. She was a member/affiliate of the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), St. Louis Minority Business Council (SLMBC) and St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association.
Visitation is Sunday Evening from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. at Austin A. Layne Mortuary at 7733 Natural Bridge Road, Normandy, Missouri, 63121. Funeral services will begin at 11 A.M. on Monday, November 28, 2011, at Agape Christian Center, 2410 Gardiner Drive, Moline Acres, 63136.