Fern Janice Grote Anderson was born on March 11, 1924 in Ord, Nebraska to parents Henry Grote and Emma Albers Grote. She died on February 24, 2020 in Pocatello, Idaho. She was 95 years old.
She graduated from Holdredge High School in Holdredge, Nebraska in 1942 and went to work as a bookkeeper for the irrigation office in Ord, Nebraska. She met Millard Anderson at a dance and they were married on December 24, 1944. She and Millard farmed until 1951 when they bought a business in Burwell, Nebraska and moved to town. In 1970 they sold the business and moved to a farm outside Aberdeen, Idaho. They then retired to Pocatello to be closer to family.
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and Dorcas Society.
Fern was an accomplished seamstress and pie baker. Her hobbies were sewing, gardening and quilting. Her grandchildren spent many days on the farm visiting grandma and grandpa and enjoying her baking.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Muriel Grote Heavilin (Leo Heavilin), daughters Marilyn Anderson Hilby (Jack Hilby), and Barbara Anderson Minshew (Casey Minshew). She had six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband Millard Anderson, brothers Glen Grote, Dean Grote, Raymond Grote, one great-great-granddaughter Anastasia and many friends and loved ones.
The funeral will be held February 29, 2020 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1350 Baldy Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho. Viewing will be held at 10:30 with the funeral following at 11:00. Interment will be at the Aberdeen Cemetery in Aberdeen, Idaho with Rev. Jonathan Dinger officiating.
Donations may be sent to the charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and directions of Davis-Rose Mortuary.
The family would like to thank Monte Vista Hills Healthcare Center and Access Hospice for their love and dedication to Mom.