Dorothy Bernice "Polly" Anderson - 96

2/12/1922 - 6/15/2018

Rockford, Illinois

Dorothy Bernice “Polly” Anderson, 96, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018 In Mercy Health RMH. She was born February 12, 1922 in Rockford, the daughter of Leslie and Guila (Jones) Hyde. She attended Rockford Central High School. She married Warren Anderson in Rockford on September 2, 1940. He predeceased her in 1988. Polly worked at Rockford Optical for many years. Survivors include daughters, Susanne (Don) Hachmeister of Rockford, and Cindy Seymour of Nipomo, CA; grandson, Aaron (Tanya) Vincer; great-grandchildren, Trey, Bailey, and Ethan Vincer, all of Byron, IL.

Music was an integral part of Dorothy's life.  Her relationship with music started when she was in her teens when she took on the nickname Polly that stuck with her till the end.  POLLY AND HER SADDLE PALS entertained throughout the area until she met her future husband Warren. She and Warren had two daughters and when they were young girls, Polly and Warren started an act known as the ANDERSON FAMILY.  Polly played guitar and Warren a stand-up bass while the girls sang.  They played country and western venues throughout the region. Once the girls were grown, Polly and Warren took a break. When Polly was in her 70’s she got together with other like-minded musicians and started a group called The GENERATIONS and played nursing homes and rehab centers throughout the state line area.  Polly continued to play both acoustic and electric guitar well into her 80’s.

Visitation from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107 with the service beginning at 2:00 p.m. Burial to follow in Cedar Bluff Cemetery.

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