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Barbara Anderson, 74

Following many years of health problems, Barbara Fay Anderson, 74, Tioga, North Dakota, went home to Heaven on March 18, 2009 at the Tioga Medical Center. She had lived a life of faith, accepting the challenges of this life and enjoying its many blessings.

Barbara was born July 14, 1934 in Fergus Falls to Harold and Florence (Foslien) Hanson and was baptized at East Moe Lutheran Church in Garfield. When she was 3 years old, her mother died suddenly and Barbara spent the next several years living with various family members until her father married Arvie Bylund. They moved west to Bremerton, Washington, where she attended junior high and was confirmed in her Lutheran faith. Her family returned to Minnesota and Barbara attended high school in Alexandria. The summer before her junior year of high school, she moved with her family to Wildrose, ND.

Following graduation, she earned her standard teaching certificate from Minot State University. Shortly after beginning her post at Hofflund School, south of Tioga, she met her future husband, Donald Anderson. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married on April 10, 1954 in Sidney, Montana. Soon thereafter, Barbara left her teaching career to take on the roles of mother, homemaker, bookkeeper and business partner for the family farm.

While raising six children, she was also active in her church, Beaver Creek Free Lutheran. She served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, WMF officer and church pianist. She was also involved in many community activities, including 4-H. Additionally, Barbara juggled several business ventures, including selling Tupperware, Watkins, and her farm fresh eggs. Later on, she also worked as a teacher's aide at Central Elementary School and as a nurse's aide at the Tioga Hospital.

Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1976, her doctors recommended that she "slow down" and simplify her life. However, she did not take this advice and genuinely enjoyed her new roles of Grandma, world traveler (two trips to Norway) and official family genealogist. While active in the Sons of Norway in Williston, she dreamt of and was instrumental in the founding of the Sons of Norway Vennlig Lodge in Tioga. In addition to playing music at lodge functions, she and Donny loved to volunteer with the Thursday night music group at the Tioga Long Term Care Center. Barbara was also blessed with the gift of hospitality. Her home was always a welcome place for family and friends. She loved to cook and collect cookbooks.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Anderson of Tioga; sons, Manley (Debbie) of Yoncalla, OR, Peter (Harla) of Tioga, Brian (Pat) of Baldwin, ND, David of Tioga; daughters, Wendy (Kery) Mortenson of Lake Villa, IL, and Mary Ellen (Wilmer) Roloff of Tioga; two brothers, Bruce Hanson of Lino Lakes and Paul (Gwen) Hanson of Coon Rapids; two sisters, Deanna (Dale) Deal of Casa Grande, AZ and Janice Laumb of Mesa, AZ; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John Hanson and Gerald Bylund; sister, Mary Ann Young; sister-in-law, Mim Hanson; and grandson, Cody Anderson.

Funeral services were held March 21 at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church, south of Tioga, with the Rev. Jon Wellumson officiating. Interment was at Beaver Creek Cemetery. Friends may share condolences with the family online at

Arrangements were with Fulkerson Funeral Home in Tioga.