Lorraine Anderson

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Lorraine (Larri) (Buettner) Anderson, 85, of Great Falls, passed away peacefully of natural causes Thursday, Oct. 25, at Peace Hospice.

A memorial service celebrating her life is 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Christ United Methodist Church, 2900 9th Avenue South. A reception will follow the service. Cremation will take place, and arrangements are being handled under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home & Crematory.

Larri was born in Leith, North Dakota to Louie and Francis Buettner on Aug. 24, 1927. The family moved to Butte, Montana in 1930 and two years later her fun-loving sister Lucille was born. Lorraine graduated from Butte High School in 1945. She played the saxophone in the marching band, was an accomplished fisherwoman and crack riflewoman (a rare combination in those days). Many of Lorraine's fondest memories growing up were of outdoor activities with her father. In 1948, she graduated from the Columbus School of Nursing. She and her fellow graduates were well known for their antics and unusual nicknames.

On Nov. 1, 1949 she married John Anderson and they embarked on a life together of almost 63 years. They moved to Denver for several years, but were so homesick for Montana that they joyfully returned to Great Falls in 1958. Their relationship was such, that they rarely called each other by their first names, but referred to one another as "my love" or "my dear".

Larri believed in grabbing every opportunity that came her way. And her life was full of family, friends, church and activities. She was often referred to as "the camp counselor" for her ability and insistence on keeping all around her involved.

Her nursing career included many years at the Columbus Hospital, Great Falls Clinic and Park Place Health Center. For several years Larri had a small antique business which somehow managed to fill her home with beautiful antiques. That love of antiques led Larri to the Giant Springs Quester's Club and many priceless new friends. Both John and Larri have been active members of Christ United Methodist Church since their return to Great Falls.

Larri's greatest love and pride was her family. She is survived by her husband John; sons Bill (Andra) of Stockett and Carl (Sara) of Missoula; daughters Sharon (Pete) Yould of Missoula and Kris (Ken) Hissom of Worden; many precious grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; her sister Lucille (Arnold) Buchanan of Whitehall; and her nieces.

Our mother's beautiful smile, sharp wit and generous spirit will be sorely missed; as will her abundant gardens, legendary brownies and apricot jam.

It is suggested by the family that memorials may be made to the or Christ United Methodist Church.

Condolences to the family may be left at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 28, 2012
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