Carol Ann Andersen


Date: Sat, March 25, 2017
Start time: 11:00 am
Merle Hay Funeral Home
4400 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, Iowa 50310


Date: Fri, March 24, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Merle Hay Funeral Home
4400 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, Iowa 50310

Carol Ann Andersen

09/21/1954 - 03/04/2017

Carol Ann Andersen, the daughter of Perry Edwin and June Josephine (Backus) Wandling, passed away after a long, hard fought battle with cancer on March 4, 2017, at her home in Austin, Texas, surrounded by her husband and children.

Carol is survived by her husband Harvey Andersen; son John (JR) Crosby and wife Nancy; daughter Jamie Tucker and husband Bill Tucker; grandsons John, Winston, Charles, and William, all of Austin, TX; brother Donald Wandling and his wife Barbara of Naples, FL and Okoboji, IA; nephews Cory Wandling and wife Rhonda of Ames, George Wandling and wife Mary of Ames, and David Wandling and wife Julie of Chanhassan MN; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Robert and Betty Andersen of Des Moines, Richard and Margaret Andersen, and Bertha and Darrell Schroeter of Exira, Dorothy Jespersen of Rogers, AR; cousin Gene Wandling of Iowa City; her beloved Pekingese, Greta; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives, friends and colleagues.

She is preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law Hans and Emma Andersen; step-son Scott Andersen; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Beverly Wandling, Dolores Andersen, Carol Andersen Jayne, Kathryn Hansen and husband Eugene Hansen, Donald Jespersen; and by her grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

Carol was born and baptized on September 21, 1954 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. While living in Des Moines, she attended Moore Elementary, Meredith Junior High, and Hoover High, graduating with the Class of 1972. In 1975, Carol married Scott Crosby and moved to Colorado, where they welcomed their two children, JR and Jamie. While living in Colorado, Carol studied culinary science and worked in the catering industry. This began her lifelong love of cooking and hospitality. When her marriage to Scott ended in 1986, Carol and her children returned to Des Moines. In 1996, she became reacquainted with and married Harvey Andersen, creating a union that would endure until her passing.

Carol’s friendly manner, magnetic personality, and her ability to engage in constructive and interesting conversation drew all types of people to her. She had an uncanny knack for making perfect strangers feel as though they had been friends for years, and selflessly gave of her time to anyone who needed it.

Carol was also a woman of great faith. A lifelong follower of the Lord, she was baptized at birth and confirmed as a teenager at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Des Moines. In September, 1972, she re-committed her Life to Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior during the Billy Graham Evening Sermon and Invitation at the Campus Crusade for Christ’s EXPLO’ 72. Much of her ministry was dedicated to volunteer work, most recently with the United Methodist Church in Palestine, TX. There, along with many of her nursing students and colleagues, she helped church members do fix-up work at the homes of needy people.

In her spare time, Carol enjoyed collecting Dickens’ Village houses, cooking elaborate meals for her family, and spending time with her four grandsons. In addition to business travel to throughout the United States with Harvey often tagging along, Carol especially enjoyed trips with family. These include a magical trip to Hawaii in 2001, a trip to New Orleans in 2003 and a trip to London and Paris in 1998. After an event in Spain where Carol was representing NLN, Jamie met her so the two could take a memorable overnight train ride to Paris.

During her life, Carol was an accomplished nursing practitioner, scholar, and educational advocate. Her nursing education began at Grand View University’s Division of Nursing where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1992. From there, Carol went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing in 1998 from the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing, and her EdD doctorate in 2014 from the Columbia University Teachers College in New York City.

Carol’s career was one of service and distinction. She started her career as a Registered Nurse of psychiatric services at VA Hospital in Knoxville, Iowa. She next worked for Olsten/Kimberly Home Health Services as an RN case manager. From there, she became the Clinical Coordinator in Geriatric Mental Health Services for Des Moines General Hospital.

Having proven herself a champion of mental health awareness and treatment, she served as Director of Mental Health Services for the St Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll Iowa from 1999 to 2002 and as Magnet Status Coordinator for the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore from 2002 to 2004. During this time, she worked tirelessly in the field of geriatric dementia, an area she considered her specialty.

Continuing to rise in prominence in her field, she taught at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD from 2003 to 2005, served as Director of Curriculum Assessment and Retention Solutions for the National League for Nursing from 2004 to 2008, and Director of Governance and Program Development for the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) from 2008 to 2011. Since 2011, she served as Director of the Palestine, TX Nursing Program and Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Tyler’s School of Nursing.

During her nursing career, she authored and contributed to nine industry books and publications, most notably Nursing Student to Nursing Leader: The Critical Path to Leadership Development, a book still used in college classrooms today, and her doctoral dissertation entitled Understanding the lived experience of Black or African American nurse educators achieving tenure in the early 21st century. She had the opportunity to present her dissertation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in June 2014, for an Invited Poster Presentation at the Association of Black Nursing Faculty Annual Scientific Meeting. She remained a strong advocate of promoting diversity and congeniality in the nursing profession till her passing.

A decorated nurse practitioner, educator, and volunteer, Carol received numerous honors and awards. She served as president of the Iowa Association of Nursing Students in 1990 and was particularly proud when they awarded her the Edith E. Ruppert Award in 2001. Carol, along with her husband Harvey Andersen, were also awarded the Sally Cartwright Volunteer Service Award in 2001, presented by Grand View College.

Carol was a sought after and regular speaker, convention panelist, and had numerous professional affiliations. Among these include the American Nurses Association (since 1992), the Iowa Nurses Association (from 1992 to 2002), the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, where she belonged to three chapters, and the National League for Nursing (since 2002), where she served as Director for multiple departments.

Carol was also involved tirelessly with the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). In l991, she was elected and served one year as president. She served as consultant to the Iowa Association of Nursing Students from 1994 to 1996, and later as faculty advisor for NSNA chapters at Harford Community College in Maryland and the Palestine campus of the University of Texas at Tyler. Carol also served on the NSNA staff in Brooklyn from 2008 to 2011.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm Friday, March 24th, and the funeral will be at 11am Saturday, March 25th. Both services will take place at the Merle Hay Funeral Home chapel, 4400 Merle Hay Road, in Des Moines. Pastor Ronnie Rogers of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma will be officiating the ceremony. Burial will follow the service in the adjacent Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery.

A memorial scholarship fund to support undergraduate nursing education has been established by Carol’s family and colleagues. The Carol Fetters Andersen Memorial Scholarship reflects Carol’s deep appreciation of nursing education, teaching and mentoring nursing students.

Please make checks payable to the, “Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association” or “FNSNA.”

Send checks to the following address:

Carol Fetters Andersen Memorial Fund
Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc.
45 Main Street, Suite 606
Brooklyn, NY 11201

To make an online donation, please visit – click on the Donate button. This link takes donors to the NY Charities website. Donors please “dedicate” your gift in memory of Carol Andersen when completing the online form. Once the gift is received, it will be acknowledged by FNSNA. Contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting the Carol Fetters Andersen Memorial Fund.

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