Elvera Anselmo, 57, associate state director of AARP Arizona, died Feb. 7, 2010. She was instrumental in helping start the AARP Walking Program in Payson.
A native of Chicago, Ill., she had made Phoenix her home for the past 23 years. Following her graduation from college, she traveled extensively and worked for the United Nations in Sudan.
Upon returning to the United States, she worked to found and direct organizations to protect women from violence and to provide housing to the homeless; lobbied Arizona and Illinois legislators on behalf of low-income people; provided training and continuing legal education to lawyers; and worked to protect senior citizens against fraud and abuse at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Governor’s Council on Aging and AARP Arizona.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Frederiksen; son, Vincent Cagle-Frederiksen; father, Tony Anselmo; sister, Eleanor Stone; brothers, Brian Anselmo and Louis Anselmo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 at St. Luke’s at the Mountain Episcopal Church, 848 E. Dobbins Road, Phoenix, with a celebration of life to follow.
Donations may be made to the Bill Morris Institute for Justice, 202 E. McDowell, Suite 257, Phoenix, AZ 85004 or to St. Luke’s Building Fund, 848 E. Dobbins, Phoenix, AZ 85042.