WEEMS—Jill Major Anderson of Weems died October 13, 2020, after a brief illness.
She was 66, born March 1, 1954, in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Floyd Chester Major Jr. and Geraldine Booth Major. Her family owned Major’s Book Store, a busy hangout for avid readers, and as a young woman she stocked shelves, helped customers, and met her future husband and companion of 50 years in the shelves, Thomas Bruce Hurt Anderson III. Sisters living in the Charleston area are Martha Lee Major and Kimberly Ann Lutz (Jack); a niece, Marranda Brooke Major, resides in New York City.
While operating a motorized newspaper delivery route with Bruce that served the hill country north of Charleston, her business skills and rugged spirit became apparent as the business expanded and prospered, rain, shine or snow.
In 1976, she relocated to White Stone and mothered four: Emily Lane Anderson (Professor Vyacheslav S. Krushkal), Thomas Bruce Hurt Anderson IV, and twins, William Albert Anderson and Samuel Floyd Anderson (Valerie Rose Johnson). She also dearly loved her two grandchildren, Sebastian Alex Krushkal and Michael Graham Krushkal and Zoomed with them daily.
Once her children left home, Jill joined her husband as an Irvington Realtor and helped many families relocate to the Northern Neck, being particularly skilled at matching people with waterfront homes. She pioneered development and operation of one of the first local real estate websites.
Jill always believed that she could do anything she wanted. She built powerful computers, painted second story siding while pregnant, patched our clothes, nursed our ailments, fixed the plumbing and advocated successfully for more women’s sports at Lancaster High. Most of all, she taught us how to love.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a m. Monday, October 26, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. Interment will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chesapeake Bay Foundation in memory of her love of the natural world.