Marie Eleanor (Larson) ANDERSON

Age 82 ~ Of Woodbury & Maple Grove Passed away peacefully Dec. 12, 2012 after a 15-month journey with cancer. Survived by children Linda Shannon (Bernie), David Anderson (Denise), Tim Anderson (Mary) & Dianne Hammer (John); 9 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; & sister Eunice (Beth) Waller. Preceded in death by husband Ray Wendel Anderson; parents Joseph Gottfrid & Ardis Hilma Eleanor (Pearson) Larson; sisters Dorothy Cooper & Evelyn Knutson; & brother John. Born in Litchfield June 3, 1930; grew up in Beckville, MN, & Harcourt, IA. Attended secretarial school, worked at Ames Laboratory until she & Ray started their family in 1955. She enjoyed playing piano, sewing, gardening, walking/hiking, baking pies, helping others & traveling. Marie will be remembered for her passion for her family & faith, and for her gentle & kind spirit toward all. Visitation 12:00-2:00, followed by Service at 2:00 Dec. 18 at Hope Church, 7910 15th St. N., Oakdale. Memorials to grandchildren's charity efforts: Stop Hunger Now (; or Ukrainian camp for HIV-positive kids (

Published in Pioneer Press on Dec. 16, 2012