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Marian Anderson

Feb. 10, 1918-April 10, 2011

Marian J. Anderson, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home - The Cottages.

Marian Jeanette Anderson was born to James and Jeanette (Tholen) McDowell on February 10, 1918 in Mandan, N.D. She grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and later the Callaway area, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1936. After school she worked in the accounting and bookkeeping departments for Standard Oil in Duluth and Mankato, Minn.

On April 8, 1942 Marian was united in marriage to Raymond J. Anderson in Detroit Lakes. Together they farmed RayMar Acres until retiring in 1986. Along with being a wonderful mother, Marian was an excellent farm hand. She operated the machinery and took care of daily chores, displaying and instilling a hard work ethic for her children and grandchildren.

For several years, Marian did audits and survey work. She also worked for the National Farmers Organization office in Detroit Lakes and was an active participant in DFL party fundraising events.

Marian was active at her church, teaching Sunday school for many years. She was a member of Eastern Star, where she served several terms as Worthy Matron and had a hand in helping coordinate their annual bazaar.

Marian was well known for her famous brownies, and if you were lucky enough to be on her list, you would receive some of her homemade treats! In addition to baking, she also enjoyed tending to her gardens as well as knitting quilts and hats for the Crisis Center in Detroit Lakes.

Marian will be remembered and missed by her two sons, Donald Anderson of Detroit Lakes and Douglas (Katie) Anderson of Brentwood, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Kirsten (Brad) Chesney of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Amanda (Michael) Schmitt of Brentwood, Tenn., Daniel (Kristy) Anderson of Audubon and Bethany (David) Ustanko of Fargo.

She is also survived by seven great grandchildren, Claire and Ella Chesney, Lucy and Caroline Schmitt, Carter and Camryn Anderson, and Katrina Ustanko; along with her sister-in-law, Irene McDowell of Seattle, Wash.; and niece, Marilyn (Dave) Kerssen of Moorhead.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Ray J. Anderson; daughter-in-law, Joyce Anderson; brother Jim McDowell; and sister Charlotte Withers.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. There will be an Eastern Star service at 6:30 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services for Marian are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 at the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family. Memories of Marian may be shared online at