Marilyn R. Anderson of Cherokee, age 80, passed away Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church in Meriden. Pastor Larry Ostercamp officiated. Burial took place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee prior to the funeral service. Visitation began at noon on Monday, with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday night at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. There was a prayer service and a time for sharing at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Marilyn was born in Centerville, S.D. on Sept. 30, 1931. Marilyn married Richard Anderson on Nov. 11, 1951. They were blessed with 60 wonderful years together. They raised their family in Cherokee. Marilyn worked at Cherokee State Bank and they were members at Oakdale Evangelical Free Church.
In 1978 they moved to Kingsburg, Calif. where they farmed fruit and grapes for twenty years and were active members in the Kingsburg Evangelical Free Church. These years were special as they were surrounded by their children and grandchildren.
Marilyn will be remembered for her wonderful gift of hospitality and entertaining both family and friends.
Upon retirement, they returned to Cherokee, spending their winters in Lake Havasu, Ariz. This past year during her recent illness, she drew her strength and deepened her relationship with Jesus Christ.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Sigvold and Ruth Knudson; brother, Ralph and infant sister, Loraine; and granddaughter Brigitte Anderson.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Richard Anderson of Cherokee; son, Dan (Marlys) of Cherokee; son Scott (Carol) Anderson of Kingsburg, Calif.; grandchildren: Dan Anderson Jr. of Aurelia; Chantelle (Jared) Friedman of Brandon, S.D.; Carlene Anderson of Los Gatos, Calif. and Tyler Anderson of Walnut Creek, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Maddy, Lauren, and Jacob Friedman; two brothers, Stanley (Verla) Knudson of Centerville, S.D. and Delmar (Arlene) Knudson of Centerville, S.D.; one sister, Ferne (Delmer) Olson of Beresford, S.D.; many nieces, nephews and friends.