Ethel L. Anderson, 91, of Cherokee, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007 in the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held December 3 at the First Baptist Church in Cherokee. Pastor Larry Nilson officiated. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.
Ethel was born May 28, 1916 at Newell to Iver and Karen Nielsen. She graduated from Newell High School in 1933, and was married to Eugene P. Anderson on June 3, 1937 at Elk Point, S.D. She had lived in Cherokee since 1942.
Ethel loved music, especially playing the piano and singing. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Cherokee, where through the years she taught Sunday School, Bible School, sang solos and sang in a trio, played the piano for Church and Sunday School. She was a member of the Degree of Honor Lodge.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband (on Dec. 21, 1990), a son-in-law Ronald Phelan; and several brothers and sisters.
She is survived by three sons and two daughters: Tracy Anderson and his wife Patricia of Kalona; David Anderson and his wife Eunice of Treynor; Ann Dodge of Johnson, Vt.; Linda Phelan of Las Vegas, Nev.; Gene Anderson and his wife Jean of Cherokee; eight grandsons: Carey Anderson and wife Cindy of Philadelphia, Pa., Jay Anderson of Wellman; Matthew Anderson of Omaha, Neb.; Noel Dodge of Johnson, Vt.; Chad Phelan of London, England; Jeffrey Phelan and wife Frannie of Las Vegas, Nev.; Mike Anderson and wife Stacy of Overland Park, Kan.; Jason Anderson and wife Maggie of Ankeny; six granddaughters: Kathy Maguire and husband Shon of Treynor; Stacie Anderson of Omaha, Neb.; Emily Brewster and husband James of Morrisville, Vt.; Kate Opton and husband Dan of Hinesburg, Vt.; Sara Holmes and husband Greg of Olathe, Kan.; Kylene Phelan and special friend Scott Paine of Torrance, Calif.; and 18 great -grandchildren.