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Marlys Anderson

Marlys Anderson

Jan. 6, 1924-Jan. 13, 2014

Marlys Anderson, 90, of Fargo, passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at Edgewood Vista.

Marlys Ardell Braaten was born to Gina (Wold) and Andrew Braaten on January 6, 1924 in Wahpeton, N.D. She attended Homestead Township No.1 School for eight years, and then attended school in Wyndmere, N.D. She graduated at the top of her class in 1942.

Marlys graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business education, English and economics in 1946. The day after she graduated she started teaching business education in Princeton (Minn.) High School. The first day of teaching she met Edward Anderson from Minneapolis, her future husband, who was also on the staff at Princeton.

Marlys and Edward were married June 27, 1948 in Wyndmere. After their marriage they moved to Perham, where Edward was a senior high school principal and Marlys taught in the business department of the high school. Their son Edward Andrew was born while they were in Perham.

Edward was appointed superintendent of Schools at Evansville, Minn., so they moved there for three years. It was during this time that their second son, Richard Charles, was born. They also made their home in Aurora, Baudette and Annandale, Minn., where their two daughters, Holly Kay and Heather June were born.

In 1965 the family moved to Detroit Lakes. Richard Charles passed away in June of 1969. After retiring the couple spent summers at their cabin on Lake Lizzie and winters in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Edward passed away in 1991.

In 2007, Marlys moved to Fargo and lived at Riverview Place, until making her final home at Edgewood Vista.

Marlys had many passions in life. Faith, family and friends were very important to her. She was very active at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, serving on many boards and committees, which included a role as a past president of FLCW. In addition to church, she was very active in PEO Chapter DQ, C-400, Circle, a variety of bible study groups, and bridge clubs. She loved to travel, was a beautiful seamstress, pianist, and enjoyed Concordia College Christmas concerts, music, and was a fabulous cook.

Marlys loved to spend time with her kids and grandkids, never missing a special event. Family time was so very important to her.

Surviving Marlys are her son, Dr. Ed (Sue) Anderson of Jamestown, N.D., and grandchildren Dr. Kristin Anderson (Russell Horton) of San Diego, Calif., and Courtney Anderson (Joe) Stewart (Joe) of Rochester, N.Y.; daughter, Holly K. (Dan) Crothers of Bismarck, N.D., and grandchildren Taylor Crothers at Concordia College, Moorhead and Danielle Crothers; daughter, Heather (Rich) Slagle of Fargo and grandchildren, Hannah Slagle and Jimmy Slagle; brothers, Allan Braaten and Kaye Braaten; nephew, Andrew (Teresa) Braaten; nieces, Tressa (Jason) Cramer and Beth (Mark) Scott; brother-in-law, Lloyd (Dorothy) Anderson; sister-in-law, Bev Howe; and many other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; son Richard; and husband Edward.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Memorials are preferred, to Concordia College or First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes.

The family would like to thank the staff of Edgewood Vista and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their exceptional care of Marlys.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center. To sign the online guestbook please visit