Shirle Anderson Obituary

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Shirle M Anderson

June 30, 1921 - November 24, 2012
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Shirle M. Harker Anderson passed away on November 24, 2012 at her home at Springwood in Arvada. She was 91. Shirle was married to Rev. Ivan Anderson for 66 years, who preceded her in death in 2009. Beloved mother of Karen Setzer, Sandy Wilson and Lori O'Malley, she is also survived by 3 sons-in-law, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 2 sisters and a brother-in-law. A Memorial Service will be held on December 7, 2012 at 11:00 am at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda, Denver 80246. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Augustana Lutheran Church or The Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec Street, Denver 80231. Shirle...
Shirle M. Harker Anderson passed away on November 24, 2012 at her home at Springwood in Arvada. She was 91. Shirle was married to Rev. Ivan Anderson for 66 years, who preceded her in death in 2009. Beloved mother of Karen Setzer, Sandy Wilson and Lori O'Malley, she is also survived by 3 sons-in-law, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 2 sisters and a brother-in-law.
A Memorial Service will be held on December 7, 2012 at 11:00 am at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda, Denver 80246. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Augustana Lutheran Church or The Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec Street, Denver 80231.

Shirle Mae Harker was born in Ironton, Iowa in 1921, the first of three daughters of Hazel and Leslie Harker. At 9 months of age, she won "The most beautiful baby in 3 states" award, which was unusual for a child with not one single strand of hair on her head.
She grew up in Granville, Illinois, and was crowned "Queen of Granville" when she was in high school. She met Ivan in high school, but didn't decide to marry him until she heard him sing – then she was smitten. They were married in 1943, and the plan was for Ivan to be a farmer, and she was happy about that, because she loved nature – trees, clouds, the land, raising vegetables and flowers – and oh how she loved animals! Her dogs were treated royally, and if she could have had a Hereford cow in the house, she just might have. She wasn't so crazy about the pigs Ivan named for old girlfriends, though.
When Ivan decided to go into the ministry, Shirle became a gracious and generous pastor's wife. They really were a team. We think Ivan was the head, and Shirle the neck in their relationship. Shirle hosted many groups in their home, and especially loved the teen groups. In fact, she kept in contact with some of those early teenagers til she died.
She was a fabulous cook, and loved feeding people. Nobody ever went hungry around Shirle. She fed groups, hobos who came to the house, trash collectors, any workmen at the house – anyone hungry, and even if they weren't, she insisted they have "just a little bite".
She LOVED her girls. She loved her sons-in-law, Fred, Gary and Jim. She adored her grandchildren Damon, Tania, Corie, Kellie, Brendan, Meghann, and Molly, their spouses, and her great grandchildren, Cody, Kyle, Trent, Avery, Austin, Charlee and James. She loved almost everyone, and people felt her affection and care – in fact, she has many "kids" – unofficial, but they knew they could count on her treating them as family.
She was a patient fan of Ivan's sports, but was frequently embarrassed by her husband's unusual sportsmanship that sometimes bordered on unchristian-like conduct. She did have a delightful sense of humor – she would be in stitches if you were hurt, especially if you were bleeding. Maybe she watched too many slapstick comedies! We do estimate that she watched "Out of Africa" at least 20 times – never enough.
Some of the many things Shirle loved were rides in the car, a stop at the Dairy Queen, playing games like Pictionary or cribbage, reading (especially her Bible, and she led many Bible Studies during her life), naps, gum drops and peanuts – they were secreted in various locations throughout her home, within easy reach. She loved trains, and picnics, and collecting pinecones, or drift wood, or rocks – once disastrously when the weight of the rocks in the trunk made the car so low, the oil pan ended up with a hole in it! She loved music, and often sang in duets, quartets, and choirs – you'll hear her today in a duet with her hubby, Spud. And she loved the Lord!
She was so appreciative, and complimentary. Ask anyone who did anything for her.
We think Ivan has been in heaven these past 3 and ½ years, drinking coffee, playing golf, and singing. Today, we're pretty sure he's sitting down with Shirle to one of her wonderful home-cooked meals.

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