Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Avis Anderson

I found this photo of cute, little Avis Anderson at the Ramona Flea market in Jacksonville.

The picture was taken in June of 1930 by photographer Louis Oliver of Providence, Rhode Island. According to the 1930 census she was seven years old when this photo was taken.

Louis was elected first vice-president of the Photographers' Association of New England.

The above article about him is from The Photographic Journal of America, Vol 57 at Google Books:.

Here is little Avis with her family in the 1930 Census:

1930; Census Place: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll 2178; Page: 13B

I just found her obituary and she has only been gone about a month.

Avis M. Anderson

Birth date: January 13, 1923
Death date: February 13, 2010


Avis M. Anderson, 87, formerly of Cranston passed away Saturday at Cherry Hill Manor in Johnston.

Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Mary (Wynkoop) Anderson. Avis was a registered nurse for over 30 years before rtiring from Rhode Island Hospital in 1972.

Her funeral and burial were held Wednesday at Sprig Vale Cemetery in Rumford.


Spring Vale Cemetery, Rumford
Frank P. Trainor and Son Funeral Home
It looks as though she never married. I hope there is some family member out there who would appreciate this photo.

*Update - This lost family treasure has now been found!


  1. Oh Leslie, I surely hope you can find a family member who would keep the picture. It's so precious.

  2. My Husband was born to an Avis M Anderson from Rhode Island. After some research we are pretty sure this is his birth Mother. He was born John Anthony Anderson in Providence, RI on June 30, 1961 and placed for adoption soon after that. Do you still have this photo?

    1. Heidi,

      Yes I do still have this photo in it's original frame. Click on the envelope in the sidebar to send me an email with the details.


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