Gwina Dene Anderson, of Thornton, passed away at Limestone Medical Center on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at age 79. Funeral services will be held at Victory Baptist Church (Hwy. 14-S, Groesbeck) at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, with Rev. Ben David Watson offi ciating. Burial will follow in Cox Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Henson, Roy DeFriend, Colin Lenamond, Ronnie Spivey, Morris DeFriend, and Justin Jolley. Dene was born Christmas Day, December 25, 1935, the only child of R. C. and Chrystelle (Hastings) Powell, at Oletha. She grew up in Oletha, attended school in Thornton and graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1953. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from East Texas Baptist University, and her Master’s Degree in Texas History from Sam Houston State University. Dene was united in marriage with Billy R. Anderson on June 9, 1957. They lived in the Old Union community.