She was born in Sayre on Feb. 8, 1926, the daughter of the late John R. and Ethel Mae Brown Trowbridge. Growing up on North Flat, near Laceyville, she was a graduate of the Laceyville High School, with the Class of 1944. The next four years were spent at Mansfield State Teachers College, where she graduated with the Class of 1948. She later taught at the West Auburn School. Anna was the wife of the late Carl J. Underwood, who preceded her in death on April 7, 2010.
For many years, Mrs. Underwood attended the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville. While in good health, and up until just a few years ago, she was also a very active member of the Meshoppen Chapter 70 of Eastern Star, where she served her lodge as Worthy Matron for three terms, as well as many other offices and chairs.
She took great pleasure in the art of canning, freezing and preserving and also cooking for large family get-togethers. She was also infamous for her letter writing, which will be greatly missed by her recipients. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. Prior to and after her husband’s retirement, they spent many winters in Texas with Kay and Chuck’s families.
Surviving are her children, Charles J. (Elia) Underwood of Rosharon, TX, Robert C. Underwood of Laceyville, Connie B. (William) Smith of Nicholson, Carla J. Underwood of Laceyville and Kay L. (Franco) Mendoza of Pearland, TX; eight grandchildren, Daniel (Amanda) Underwood of Pearland, TX, Jamie (Robert) Williams of McKinney, TX, AWR 2 Christopher Underwood of Jacksonville, FL, Theodore Smith of Doylestown, Rebekah (Edward) Burke of Meshoppen, Jeremiah (Amanda) Smith of Nicholson, Michelle Mendoza and Maegan Mendoza, both of Pearland, TX, as well as her 11 greatg randchildren, Rylee, Brody and Aubrey Underwood of Pearland, TX, Haydon and triplets Kensley, Annalise and Easton Williams of McKinney, TX, Mason and Logan Smith of Doylestown and Molly and Liam Burke of Meshoppen, two more on the way and two step-great-grandchildren, Ryan Divito and Jordan Divito, both of Pipersville; brother-in-law, Adelbert (Sally Ann) Underwood of Willis, TX and a sisterin law, Norma Trowbridge of Laceyville, as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Donald Trowbridge; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Elmer Cook and a sister-in-law, Beatrice Underwood.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 26, at noon from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Thomas Davis of the Braintrim Baptist Church in Laceyville officiating. Interment will be in the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial donations may do so to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.