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Violet Mae Anderson


1914 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Violet Mae Anderson, 98, went to her eternal home March 29, 2013. Private family graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. April 8 at the Haxtun Cemetery, with a community memorial service at the Haxtun Community Center at 10:30 a.m., officiated by Pastor Dean Patterson. Lunch will follow for all guests.
Violet Mae was born May 13, 1914, in the Ovid community to Charles and Ida Jane Woodhams Ricker, the fifth of seven siblings. She graduated from Haxtun High School, lived in Denver and graduated from beauty school.
She was working as a beautician in Holyoke and attending Fairfield Covenant Church when she began to be courted by her future husband, Bob Anderson, who preceded her in death. They married on Feb. 17, 1937, at her parent's home in Ovid and farmed in the Fairfield community until 1976 when they built a home in Haxtun.
Bob and Violet Mae were members of the Fairfield Covenant Church where they both were nurtured in their faith. Over the years they served the church and the community in many roles. Violet Mae will be remembered for all her beautiful home grown flower arrangements that weekly beautified the church and for all the baby quilts that she lovingly made for many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the babies of the community. She loved her family and the highlight of her day was when her grandkids and then great-grandkids stopped by after school to enjoy her homemade treats and chocolate stars. She had such a gift of hospitality and loved to use her home for entertaining family, friends and women's Bible groups. She and Bob spent many of their last winters together as winter Texans in Bibleville Conference Grounds in Alamo, Texas, where she volunteered as a reading aide in the public schools and once again graced their friends with her cooking. During their entire life they prayed daily together for their growing family and she always spoke "Blessings on You" to all who visited them. She passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family and loved ones as she entered her eternal rest.
She is survived by her four children, Larry Anderson and wife Jean of Haxtun, Dean Anderson and wife Pat of Severance, Gilbert Anderson and wife Jeri of Haxtun, and Cheryl Naff and husband Tony of Costa Mesa, Calif.; 16 grandchildren, Karie Wilson and husband Larry, John Anderson and wife Renae, Troy Anderson and wife Jeri, Laurie Fetzer and husband Tim, all of Haxtun, Kathie Lindstadt and husband Stan of Sterling, Bryan Anderson of Little Elm, Texas, Brad Anderson and wife Cassie of Palestine, Texas, Rod Anderson and wife Rachel of Tyler, Texas, Russ Anderson and wife Heidi of Fort Collins, Jared Anderson and wife Jonetta of Haxtun, Leah Hartman and husband Mike of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Tobiah Anderson of Irvine, Calif., Julia Biesemeier and husband Brandon of Strasburg, Robyn Gundlach and husband Jonathan of Corona Del Mar, Calif., Ryan Naff of Irvine, Calif., and Rhondi Naff of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and 41 great-grandchildren and three spouses; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was loved and admired by all.
Memorials may be sent to the Haxtun Chamber of Commerce designated for the Violet Mae Anderson CFFF (Corn Festival Flower Fund) or to the Fairfield Covenant Church.
Gerk Funeral Home of Haxtun will be entrusted with the arrangements.


Published in Journal Advocate on Apr. 1, 2013
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