Veronese M. Anderson

Apr 17, 1937 - Oct 23, 2012


Veronese Anderson was born on April 17, 1937 in Belle Rose, Louisiana. She is the ninth of ten children and the fourth daughter of the late Peter Anderson and Ida Rose Anderson.

Veronese prefers to be called by her name. However, she is affectingly known as Ne’Ne’ by her family. This name was given to her by her oldest nephew. Her granddaughters call her bubby and grandma. Her friends call her Niece, Vee and Vera. She gave herself the name of Sassyvee because she is Secured in her relationship with God, Assured that God will never leave her or forsaken her, Sexy, Sassy, Youthful, Vivacious, Enthusiastic, and Energetic.

Veronese began her college education at age thirty when her youngest son was five years old. She received an Associate Degree from San Francisco City College, a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from San Francisco State, a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation from San Francisco State. Veronese worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and raised her children while attending college and taking fifteen to eighteen credits per semester. While working as a Community College Counselor, Instructor, Transfer Center Director and Articulation Officer, Veronese returned to college and at the age of sixty-two a PhD from Golden Gate University in Organizational Behavior and Counseling.

Veronese loves to bowl; dance; go to the theater, which she often does with her youngest son Gary; socialize with friends, especially the Grown Women; and host the family’s annual Christmas Eve Gathering and Summer Gathering. She is extremely involved with the Family Reunions, Family Address Book, and Genealogy.

Veronese was baptized at age 12 at First Israel Baptist Church in Belle Rose, Louisiana. She was raised in California by her sister Mable Tucker. In California, she continued to attended Sunday School; was a member of the Youth Choir; taught Sunday School; was the Lead Christian Counselor for new members; a Board Member; an Usher; and a member of several Personal Touch Groups.

Veronese is the Mother of three sons which she raised by herself – Gayland Smith, Guy Smith, and Gary Smith; the Grandmother of nine grandchildren – Aisha Parella, Steven (Gaysi) Parella-Smith, Gaylend Smith, Cymonne Ross, Ceciley Smith, Dominique Ross, Camille Smith, Cameryn Smith, and Cydneye Smith; and the Great Grandmother of three – Davion Byrd, Milae Parella and Soheila Smith.





D edicated and Decisive

R esourceful and Righteous



V ictorious and Valuable

E nergetic and Encouraging

R esponsible and Responsive

O potomistic and Orderly

N urturing and Noticeable

E xceptional and Expedient

S urvivor and Steadfast

E xcellent and Exquisite



A ctive and Accountable

N otable and Noble

D aring and Devoted

E fficient and Experienced

R esponsive and Reverential

S ophicated and Sassy

O bedient and Observant

N ice and Nasty


I Am A Phenomenal Woman

By The Grace Of God, I Continue To Rise.

I Am SassyVee







  • Gwendolyn Elliott says:

    You are once twice three times a lady, and an aunt, and a mother,a grandmother I will LOVE you forever in my heart and cherish all of the memories that we shared. I will miss you soo very much. Gwen and David

  • Dominique Lewis says:

    I love you tee

  • Gary Dean Smith says:

    A FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT MY HERO And to this day, one of the best compliments that could ever be placed at my feet is that you are your Mother’s son. “If life is a contest that cannot be won, live it for the moments, and the precious memories of yet to come… I am my Mother’s son.” And one final thought To Whom It May Concern; the Universe, the Heavens above, Allah, God or the Big Black Lady in the Sky…………This Little Black Women is Going Home, and she has proven that “Colored People Could Fly”. Better take care of her, she’s earned it, I LOVE HER, I MISS HER, AND THAT’S MY MOM… Love, Veronese’s Baby Boy November 2, 2012

  • Gary Dean Smith says:

    A FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT MY HERO I am my Mother’s son; Connected by DNA of the mind, body & soul. Whether you were a part of her by blood, through spirit or of experience, she will be missed. I can only hope to behalf the person that she was…. My mom was a precious little, fussy, militant, defiant, sassy, ball of pure joy and source of wisdom. She neither asked for, nor demanded respect, she simply commanded it. “A good life is exhausting”. I always knew my mom was an “unreplaceable” source of love, strength and wisdom. I never took that for granted, and for that I will be forever grateful. And, out of all the holidays, birthdays, Mother’s day dinners, trips, concerts, theater, plays, Christmas eve’s, family get-togethers, cultural events, I absolutely loved to see and make my Mother laugh. “Today, at this moment, give, fight, live and love with all that you have, because what is left is lost forever.” And to this day, one of the best compliments that could ever be placed at m

  • Joyce Brisco says:

    We send our love and support through this delicate time. May the presence of the Lord reminds with your family throughtout eternity.

  • Charles and Jackie James says:

    My cousin Veronese was so dear to me. My parents, Emma and Fleming, kept their love for the California branch alive. Talking to me and showing me pictures of each of them. So it was that I knew Veronese to be vivacious,industrious,intelligent and, like all the women in our family, the descendants of Celestine Breaux, extremely beautiful in face,figure,and personality. I was blessed to share some happy times with her and her sons and to introduce her to my children,Eric and Sybil as well as my husband, Charles. They all found her to be a delightful person who was very easy to love. Veronese and I shared the desire of keeping a connection between the cousins and worked together to compile a family history and directory every conversation was filled with laughter. Her efforts to coordinate two family reunions were tremendous and will not be forgotten. Having transitioned from this earthly life. She is absent from the body and present with our Lord. God be with us ’til we meet again

  • Greg Curtis says:

    Gayland, Guy, Gary, and Family…My deepest sympathies for your great loss. Veronice helped raise me and was like my second mother. I will always cherish her and the memories of our two families coming together during difficult times.

  • Ivana Green says:

    Auntie Ne Ne was surely a vivacious “V”. Once she smiled, laughed and received you into her heart you were safe and would be cherished forever. Her love was so deep that there was no way it could not carry over to you. I will miss her and forever love her “period, comma, question mark; and in that order. To my family I love you all I am so sorry that I am not there to support you. But please believe that I am here for you all. Call me, text me, email me; remember that I may not be there in the physical but my prayers are with you always.

  • Shadawn Brown says:

    Aunt NeNe was amazing she always knew what to say to make me smile I’m going to miss you. She will remain forever in my heart.

  • Peggy Scott & Denise Warner says:

    Guy: You have meant so much to the Scott family and we are here to support you in your loss. Love Peggy & Denise

  • Trish Munoz Mathews says:

    Guy and Family Very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. ~Trish~

  • Timothy and LaTricia Anderson Johnson says:

    My Aunt NeNe was the best, always there whenever we needed her.. I’m truly going to miss her.. I love u aunt Nene

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