Patricia D. Anderson was the matriarch of a family that is as much a part of Rancho Murieta as the airport and the equine center they own. She was the wife of the late Fred Anderson, the founder of Pacific Coast Building Products, who helped to put the community on the map by sponsoring the Sacramento International Airshow and golfing events in the 1980s.
"He always had a big vision and she always supported him," said longtime resident John Sullivan of his former in-laws. "She was really the glue that held everybody together. … You couldn’t find a more fun, a more sweet person in all the world. … She was like my second mom all the years I worked with Fred."
Mrs. Anderson died Jan. 21 after suffering a stroke several days earlier. She was 82.
"I think everyone was hoping she’d be able to bounce back but it wasn’t to be. It’s the end of an era," said Sullivan.
A funeral Mass will take place 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Cantova Way.
Sullivan said the Andersons lived on a 300-acre ranch in Wilton before moving to Rancho Murieta in the early 1980s. On the ranch, Mrs. Anderson was in her element, caring for the five Anderson children and any others who needed help. "It was dogs and horses and kids. She just had a big heart. She was always giving … she’d find another place at the table or a room," Sullivan recalled.
Murietan Marion Cravens remembered Mrs. Anderson as "a lovely lady" who imparted high standards of philanthropy to her family.
The Andersons moved to Sacramento in the 1990s.
In 2005, Mrs. Anderson was surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren when she announced the family's donation of $18 million to Sutter Medical Center Foundation for construction of the Anderson-Lucchetti Women's and Children's Hospital in Sacramento.
Her generosity began early in her life.
Mrs. Anderson was born May 10, 1925 to George and Ruth Fuller. The family lived in the Curtis Park section of Sacramento, close to the Sacramento Children’s Home. Young Pat helped her parents host birthday parties for the children at their home.
These early experiences had a lasting effect. Many years later, Mrs. Anderson said she had "a soft spot in my heart for children without a home."
The Andersons married in 1944. After working at his father-in-law’s lumberyard in Sacramento, Fred Anderson founded his own business in 1953.
As the company’s fortunes grew, so did Mrs. Anderson’s generous giving to charitable causes.
The couple had been married 53 years at the time of Mr. Anderson’s death.
Mrs. Anderson is survived by her brother, Jack Fuller, her children, Christine Lucchetti, James Anderson, Carol Ward, John Anderson and Cathy Harris, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Remembrances can be made in her name to the Sacramento Children’s Home, 2750 Sutterville Road, Sacramento 95820; Sutter Medical Center Foundation, 2800 L St., Suite 620, Sacramento 95816; or Dr. Mark Zern’s Professorship in Liver Transplant Research, UC Davis Medical Center, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento 95820.