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Elda L. Anderson

Elda L. Anderson, 89, of Ord, died Thursday, March 20, 2008, at the Western Hall County Good Samaritan Center in Wood River. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bethel Baptist Church in Ord. The Rev. Rob Pearson will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Anderson was born on Oct. 29, 1918, in Graham County, Kansas, the daughter of Richard “Dick” and Merriam (Bray) Long. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan V. Anderson on Nov. 20, 1992. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Sherri Anderson of Ord and Galen and Barbara Anderson of Wexford, PA; three daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Robert Potty of Olathe, KS, Cheryl and Carlton Clark of Elwood and Zelda and Steve Shoemaker of Grand Island. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Jerrod Anderson, Nathan Anderson, Darci Dietz, Craig Anderson, Trevor Potty, Dana Henton, Christopher Clark, Cary Clark, Chad Clark, Lindsey Shoemaker and Lauren Shoemaker; and four great-grandchildren, Haley, Timothy, Eric and Steven Dietz. Elda was raised in Valley County, where she received her education and graduated from Ord High School in 1937. She was united in marriage to Ivan Victor Anderson on Nov. 27, 1938, at her parent’s home in Ord. The couple first lived in St. Libory and later moved to Eugene, OR. In 1946, they moved to Ord where Elda worked as a nurse’s aide at the Valley County Hospital for 35 years before she retired. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and faithfully attended the Christian Womens Club/After 5 and the Friendship Bible Studies. She was also a member and past Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge in Ord and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the Loup Trail Chapter of Burwell. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, quilting, gardening, playing cards, baking for her family and friends and reading and studying the bible. In addition to her husband, Ivan, she was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Jodi Anderson; three brothers, David, Donald and Richard Long; and four sisters, Alma Hopkins, Grace Acheson, Dolores Burgess and Maxine Patterson. Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Baptist Church or the donor’s choice.

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Audrey and I are sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom, Elda. We both have very fond memories of growing up in the old neighborhood with all you kids and knowing your Mom and Dad so well. It sad to think of all the old timers that have gone before us, but that's life and it is wonderfull to have the fond memories. Audrey and I will keep you all in our prayers. Ken and Audrey Mason

Ken and Audrey Mason Mar 31 2008 12:00 AM

Cheryl, Carlton and boys - my thoughts are with you during your time of loss.

Ann Michalski Mar 24 2008 12:00 AM

We always enjoyed visiting with Elda when we were in Ord. She was a nice person. We are so sorry to hear of her not being with us no longer. Take care.

Janet K. Clark Mar 23 2008 12:00 AM



Dear Galen and Barb, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless. Jim, Kaye, and Chance Howell

Kaye, Jim, and Chance Howell Mar 23 2008 12:00 AM

My thoughts are with you at this time Alan and Sherry. I really enjoyed visiting with your mom at church and when I would see her around town. May God comfort you at this time...

Julie Owens Mar 22 2008 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Galen. It is amazing how much Harriet's little sister resembles your Mom. Elda had some wonderful hobbies and interests. She touched so many lives in her many years of service at the hospital. Safe travel wishes for you and Barb to and from our home states...We will keep you in our Easter vigil prayers at tonight's Easter service .........Margaret

Gary and Margaret Mar 22 2008 12:00 AM