Jeannette Harthorn Anderson
May 16, 1916-November 30, 2010
Jeannette was the youngest of ten children born to Captain Charles Whitney Harthorn and his wife, Lottie. While several of her brothers and sisters were born at the Sunset House in Piruâ€™s Hopper Canyon, Jeannette was born in the historic Harthorn house located on the southwest corner of Blaine Ave and Mountain View. Jeannette attended the original Mountain View school and as a child discovered her love of music and dance. While a student at Fillmore high school she starred in the popular operettas of the early 1930â€™s. After she graduated in 1934 Jeannette moved to Los Angeles to attend college. She met her first husband during this time and settled in Hollywood. Along with her rapidly growing family, Jeannette lived in Fillmore during WWII. Work with a major oil company took the family to Colombia, South American where they spent three years. Jeannette and her children returned to California in 1950 and settled in Whittier. Her second marriage to Harvey Anderson was a joyful one. Together they established a loving home, while Harvey worked as an executive for General Motors. After retirement, Jeannette fulfilled a life-long dream and returned to her beloved Fillmore. Their home on Saratoga St. was always filled with family and friends. Jeannette served on the Fillmore planning commission. She was a member of the Ebell Club and enjoyed spending time designing their social schedule. She was also Fillmoreâ€™s Citizen of the Year. She and Harvey founded â€śThe Sespe Playersâ€ť a small theater group. Their productions delighted the citizens of Fillmore for many years. Jeannette was a liaison for the Arts at Fillmore high school. She loved playing Mrs. Santa Claus for the local elementary school children. This was the happiest time of her life.
After Harveyâ€™s death in 1990, Jeannette moved to San Clemente to be close to her daughters and their families. She eventually settled in Sonora, Ca. where her sisters, Stella and Alice and brother, Tuffy had lived. She was cared for during her last years by her youngest daughter, Richie. Jeannette was ninety-four years old when she died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loved ones. She was the last surviving child of the pioneering Harthorn family.
With respect for her love of â€śHomeâ€ť Jeannette will be buried alongside her husband, Harvey, her parents, brothers and sisters in the Harthorn family plot in Bardsdale cemetery. A private family memorial service will be held when the Orange Blossoms bloom in the spring. We will sing and dance for you Mom!
Jeannnette is survived by her daughters, Sue and Jon Miller, Drew Anderson and Jim Green, Gracie Kappler and Richie Grant,
Her grandchildren, Jennifer Davis, Melissa Miller, Mandy Bell, Shay McMinn, Beau McMinn, Christian Kappler, Kara John, Rory Thompson, Justin, Jennifer and Whitney Grant. Her Great-grandchildren- Shea & Seth Davis, Zoe & Grace Bell, Stella, Hazel, Wyatt & Jack Kappler, Marissa & Jeffrey Kelly, Aliana Works, Sadie Thompson and Cruz Grant
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, parents, CW & Lottie Harthorn, brothers, Leon, Raymond, Harold, Tuffy and Pat, her sisters, Lottie Snow, Evelyn Bartels, Alice and Stella Harthorn.
Grandsons-Joshua Williams & Skye Bell and son-in-law-Deputy David P Grant
Donations can be made to the Sespe Players, Inc , C/O Janet Foy, 437 Saratoga St., Fillmore, Ca. 93015