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[PCUSANEWS] Funeral services held for slain PC(USA) missionary and daughter

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Date Fri, 2 Feb 2007 14:25:49 -0500

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07066 February 2, 2007

Funeral services held for slain PC(USA) missionary and daughter

by Toya Richards Hill

LOUISVILLE - Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 2, in Nairobi, Kenya for the retired Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) missionary and her daughter who were killed in a Jan. 27 carjacking in the East African country.

Lois Anderson, a former PC(USA) missionary in Africa, and her daughter, Zelda White, were shot just a few miles outside the capital city of Nairobi. The carjackers escaped with the vehicle but soon abandoned it, and later police, according to international news reports, killed two of the assailants.

Anderson and her husband, Bill, served as PC(USA) missionaries for more than four decades in Sudan and Kenya. White lived with her husband in Kenya, and the Andersons had traveled there from their South Carolina home for a family gathering.

According to information from former PC(USA) missionaries Fred and Margie Stock, Bill Anderson's brother-in-law and sister, the Andersons had gone to Kenya during the Christmas holidays to spend time with their two daughters and other family members.

"This Christmas they decided to have an almost complete family reunion in Nairobi, Kenya, where their two married daughters live and work," the Stocks said in an email letter about the tragedy to friends.

A number of other family members were one hand, including White's three college-age children and White's in-laws. White's husband, Craig White, is an official at the United States Embassy in Nairobi, the Stocks said.

The group, "visited game parks, mountains, waterfalls and other famous sites and had a wonderful time," they said. "These happy memories will be a comfort in days to come."

The Andersons remained in Kenya into January, and on Jan. 27 the two were riding in a U.S. Embassy vehicle with White, their daughter Sylvia, and Sylvia's son Alexander on their way to visit friends on the outskirts of Nairobi, the Stocks said.

"Not knowing the exact location, they parked on the side of the main highway about 3 p.m., waiting for their friend to come and show them the way. Zelda was driving with Lois beside her. Bill, Sylvia and her son Alexander were in the back seat," they said.

The Stocks said a vehicle pulled in front of the group and four armed carjackers motioned for them to get out of the car, but began shooting before they could do so. Both White and Lois Anderson were killed. The others escaped the vehicle unharmed, and all five were left at roadside.

"Eventually police came and took them to a hospital, where it was obvious they (Anderson and White) had already gone to be with the Lord," the Stocks said.

Funeral services were held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Nairobi, where the Anderson's often worshiped, and a private family burial service took place in Limuru, 25 miles from Nairobi and the location of St. Paul's Theological College, the Stocks said.


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