Laura Anderson Obituary

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Laura L. Anderson

May 29, 1916 - January 4, 2013
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Laura Anderson died Friday, January 4. She was born Laura Cilz in Egeland, North Dakota on May 29, 1916. Through her teens she lived on her family's farm north of Rugby. Moving to Minot, North Dakota in her twenties, she worked there until she married Ralph Anderson when she was 28. They lived north of Minot on a farm that is now part of the Minot Air Force Base. In 1950 they moved to Oregon and lived outside of Salem. Laura loved Oregon. She loved gardening and she loved flowers. Also, of course, she loved her family, and she eventually had a large family to take care of. By the mid-1950s there were six children-Marlene,...
Laura Anderson died Friday, January 4. She was born Laura Cilz in Egeland, North Dakota on May 29, 1916. Through her teens she lived on her family's farm north of Rugby. Moving to Minot, North Dakota in her twenties, she worked there until she married Ralph Anderson when she was 28.

They lived north of Minot on a farm that is now part of the Minot Air Force Base. In 1950 they moved to Oregon and lived outside of Salem. Laura loved Oregon. She loved gardening and she loved flowers. Also, of course, she loved her family, and she eventually had a large family to take care of. By the mid-1950s there were six children-Marlene, Lorin, Conrad, Daniel, Gaylen, and Lois.

The family returned to North Dakota in 1956 to a farm located near where Laura had grown up, by Overly, North Dakota. The family maintained ties to Oregon and, when Ralph retired from farming, he and Laura returned to Salem. Ralph died there in 1991. Laura continued to live there. For years she maintained a home and a large and beautiful flower garden.
She was a caring and dedicated mother. She was kind and generous, empathetic to the needs and feelings of others. People sensed this and were drawn to her. And for her part, she liked the company of others; she liked to entertain and to visit. She was easy-going and had a calming presence that often brought balance when it was needed. And she had a great love of nature. The beauty of Oregon is what first drew her to it, the variety of plants, the lushness, the varied landscapes, the ocean. She never lost her appreciation of all this; her heart was in Oregon.

Laura is survived by her six children, by seven grandchildren, by six great-grandchildren, by her sister Ella Anderson, who lives in Minot, and by many nephews, nieces and their children.

Graveside service will be January 11, 2013, at 1 pm, Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem, Oregon.

Arrangements by Pegg, Paxson, & Springer Chapel in Beaverton, Oregon.

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