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Mae Anderson

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Funeral service for Mae Anderson of Donnelly, MN will be held Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM at First Lutheran Church in Morris, MN. Reverend Ali Boomershine will be officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 4 to 8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 at First Lutheran Church in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.

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Mae Dorothy Sperr, daughter of John and Lena (Willie) Sperr, was born August 4, 1924 on the family farm near Donnelly, where she grew up and attended rural schools in the area. On September 20, 1943, she was united in marriage to Raymond Anderson. Following their marriage, the couple lived west of Donnelly, where they farmed and raised livestock. Mae and Ray operated the farming operation side by side, and Mae was known to work just as hard on the farm as she did in the house. She also dedicated a lot of time to raising her children and devoted her entire life to giving special care to her daughter, Sherry. Ray died on February 14, 1990. Mae continued to live on the farm following his death, where she remained through her 84th birthday. In December of 2008, Mae moved into the West Wind Village in Morris, where she continued to live until the time of her death.

Mae was a member of First Lutheran Church in Morris, where she was active with Care Core, Choir and various service groups. She was very active with ARC and was involved in the fundraising for the Stevens County DAC building project. While living on the farm Mae loved spending time in her garden and orchard. Even though Mae was always busy and on the go, she always made time for her favorite hobby, being with her grandchildren.

Mae died on Friday, August 13, 2010 at West Wind Village in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 86 years.

She is survived by three sons: Eugene (Catherine) Anderson of Morris, Ronald Anderson of Sioux Falls, SD, Lloyd (Janet) Anderson of Alberta; one daughter: Sherry Mae Anderson of Morris; nine grandchildren: Mark Anderson, Jason (Laurie) Anderson, Larissa (Erik) Mottl, Jonathan (Patricia) Anderson, Abegail (Terry) Harthun, Rhonda (David) Pownell, Stacy (Dalynn) Anderson, Curtis (Amy) Anderson and Holly (Lance) Johnson; 23 great-grandchildren; four brothers: Fred (Christine) Sperr of Chokio, Edward (Angie) Sperr of Cache, OK, Arland (Viola) Sperr of Cokato and Leland (Karen) Sperr of Wheaton; four sisters: Marjorie Armstrong of Morris, Elizabeth Ascheman of Morris, Gloria (Leo) Stein of Morris and Gayle (Gene) Kallstrom of Great Falls, MT and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; one grandson: Jory Anderson; her parents and three brothers: John, Walter and Albert Sperr.

Pallbearers for the service are Mae's grandchildren. Deb Mahoney will serve as pianist for the service. Special music will be provided by Mary Huebner, Jonathon Anderson, Patricia Anderson and the First Lutheran Church Choir. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

To send condolences to the family, visit www.pedersenfh.com and click on obituaries.

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