Nancy “Sue” Anderson (Falley)

Nancy “Sue” Anderson (Falley) passed away peacefully at her home in Lawrence, Kansas at the age of 79 of leukemia. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Sue is survived by her husband of 58 years, Dana, her sons Jerry, Dana Jr. and Justin, and their wives Christi, Sheryl, and Jean.

Sue will live on in the memories of her grandchildren, Lauren, Amy, Aaron, Spencer, Kyle, Richard, Jack and Josh. She and Dana cherished being able to take a special vacation with each of the grandchildren when they turned ten years old. Their adventures took them to Alaska, Baja California, Costa Rica, Galapagos, and all over the Caribbean.

Sue graduated from Topeka High School and William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, with an Associate’s Degree. She was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, where her family, the Falley’s, operated several grocery stores and helped found Highland Park Bank and Trust.

Dana and Sue were fixtures at Kansas University sports events, and the University has a Strength and Conditioning Center and Football Complex bearing the family name. They also have funded endowed professorships at the KU school of Business as well as contributed to the funding of Capitol Federal Hall. Additionally, they have funded the Kansas collection at KU Libraries.

Dana and Sue also were charitably involved with William Woods University, where Sue served on the Board of Trustees, and were major donors to Anderson Arena, and they recently helped with funding new technology at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Sue and Dana loved to travel, visited all seven continents together, and shared many special memories. Her family will remember her bright blue eyes, her joyful laugh, and her love of birdwatching in the backyard.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church in Lawrence. Due to COVID-19 space limitations, you can register for the funeral if you are attending in person at There will be a visitation at Corpus Christi from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2021, to which all are welcome. The service will also be livestreamed at the web address: Private inurnment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Corpus Christi Education Endowment Fund in Lawrence or the William Woods University Endowment Fund in memory of Sue and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

24 Condolences

  1. Lori (Wright) Turec on February 22, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Sue was like a second mother to my siblings and me growing up. I have so many wonderful memories at her home and cannot recall a fourth of July we didn’t spend together when I was a young girl. She was always so happy to have her house filled with rowdy children – mostly damp from water skiing or playing in the lake. Over the years, we always stayed in touch. Her memory will be a blessing to us all.

  2. Nancy Hettwer on February 22, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Sue was a wonderful, classy lady. She didn’t know a stranger and she always had a ready smile. She will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends!

  3. Karen Kliewer on February 22, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Karen Kliewer}

    Sue was the happiest person I have ever known. Always had a smile and a happy laugh. You felt happy just being around her. Will be missed by so many.

  4. Randy Taylor on February 22, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Kris and Randy Taylor:

    We got to know Dana and Sue while they lived in Bel Air, California. We have such great memories of the Anderson’s. Sue was especially warm and helpful to my wife Kristine. We will miss her being a light to many! God Bless the Anderson family!

  5. Allie Melendez on February 22, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Sue was truly one of the most beautiful souls. I have no doubt that she is looking down on her family with lots of love and pride. Sue brought joy to so many people throughout her life, something towards which we should all strive. Rest peacefully, Sue. Until we meet again ❤️

  6. Trevor Strawhecker on February 22, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Sue will be missed. She was very welcoming and always greeted us with the warmest smile. Our prayers go out to all the Anderson family. Sincerely, Trevor, Haley, Ben, and Hayden Strawhecker

  7. Bill Bracken on February 22, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. I have been blessed to know Dana, Sue and all their kids from their years in LA.

    Praying for peace and comfort for the entire family.

  8. Louise M Ecord on February 22, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Sue always made one feel better with that beautiful smile and kind words. She will be missed by all that were blessed to know her. Prayers to the Anderson Family.

  9. Lynn Jenkins on February 23, 2021 at 6:54 am

    What an incredibly special lady. We will greatly miss her smile. Praying for you all.

  10. Rochelle Tramp and Todd Bradford on February 23, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Sue was a beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Sending prayers of comfort to the family. ????❤️

  11. Keon Stowers on February 23, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Sue was the sweetest Jayhawk I ever met. She would graciously greet my kids and pinch their cheeks every time we saw them at a KUFB game. At basketball games no matter where My wife and I was sitting, we would always scan the first row behind the press bench to find Dana and Sue. “There she is with her cute sweater” my wife would always say. Sue, you will be greatly missed by the Jayhawk nation and even more so by the Stowers Family. Praying for everyone in the Anderson Family.

  12. Karen Craig on February 23, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Sue was a favorite of mine. She was always so warm and inviting. She had the ability to make everyone feel comfortable because she was so down to earth and so friendly. She will be missed by many of us. Karen Craig

  13. mark Klein on February 23, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Many found memories of my friend Sue, going back to the 1970’s and spending time with her and her boys at the Lake, fishing, swimming…She was always fishing at the end of the dock. And then later in life my being able to spend time with her and Dana at various events.
    What a very nice person she was to everyone.
    My heartfelt condolences to all the Anderson family.

  14. Mollie Mitchell and John Wilson on February 23, 2021 at 10:18 am

    We’ve treasured our Flying Jayhawks trips to Europe with Dana and Sue. We had such great fun together! We can’t help smiling when we think of Sue trying to shush Dana as he told another one of his “jokes”! Our hearts go out to Dana and the whole family in this difficult time.

  15. Cristy Sullivan on February 23, 2021 at 10:39 am

    I always loved Miss. Sue’s smile and laugh! Prayers to you all! May Sue Rest in Peace!

  16. Jack Greenwood on February 23, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Jack and Faith Greenwood

    Dana and family: Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the passing of one tremendous lady – known, loved, and respected by so many, here in Kansas and California.

  17. McCarthy Kent on February 23, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Sue was one of the nicest, kindest person I have ever know. She had the best family ever. She will be missed.

  18. Jerry Nossaman on February 23, 2021 at 11:19 am

    My utmost sympathy to all the family. How fortunate you have been to have shared your lives with Sue. Everyone who has ever known her feels your loss.

  19. Dianne Cole on February 23, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Sue’s passing . She was one of the sweetest , kindest, and most giving of all the moms I knew in Bel Air. My son Matthew spent many fun days having fun with Justin at their home. I know this wonderful lady will be greatly missed by her family.

  20. Orville Newton king on February 23, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Dana and family my thoughts are with you. Dana I know the pain of losing the love of your life but the memories you will keep forever.

  21. Robert Dibblee on February 23, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    I got to know Sue through my working relationship with Dana. She was always so sweet and kind whenever I invaded her home. She also made the best stuffed mushrooms on the planet, a recipe I finally coerced from her several years ago, and which my wife will make from time to time. Dana is salt of the earth, and I can only pray God’s peace on him and the family. Thank you Sue for touching my life.

  22. Angela Alexander on February 25, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Dana and Sue made an absolute dream come true for me last year. It was lovely to meet her and your family will be in my thoughts over the coming months. ❤️

  23. Al McCullough on February 26, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Dana:
    I was just informed that Sue passed. It is hard for me to know what to say at this moment, but I do know that I remember all the great times we spent together. Each one will stay in my mind and heart forever. Sue was generous of spirit ,in all things.
    I always admired the warmth and camaraderie of your relationship.
    She was a wonderful Wife, Mother and Grandmother and she will be missed by all that knew her. Know that I am thinking of you and the boys Jerry,Dana and Justin and their families. I hope you will share my thoughts with them.
    Warm Regards,

  24. Stephen Craig on March 8, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Dana & Family:

    May the loving embrace of your faith, your family and so many friends be a comfort to you at this time.

    With deepest sympathy,

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