Anderson, Mary Louise
December 19, 1925 :: Lead, South Dakota
January 18, 2015 :: Morrison, Colorado
Mary Louise Anderson was born on December 19, 1925, in Lead, South Dakota to Haines and Marie (Mame) Pond. She passed away on January 18, 2015 in Morrison, Colorado after a long illness.
Her early life was spent in Nemo, South Dakota. After graduating from high school, she entered nurses training, first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin then in Pensacola, Florida. Her nursing career was spent working in hospitals, nursing homes, and private practice and culminated as a psychiatric nurse on the adolescent team of the Ft. Logan, Colorado Mental Health Center. After leaving her nursing career, Mary worked in the private sector and retired from Amoco Oil Company. Finding that retirement didn’t suit her, she rejoined the work force and retired for good 17 years later at the age of 82 from the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Mary’s membership in a 12-step program afforded her the opportunity to share her experience, strength and hope with hundreds of people. She was particularly devoted to the service aspect of the program and worked tirelessly to help her fellows. Along the way, she made countless friends and left a legacy of service.
When she wasn’t working, Mary loved to travel. Her favorite pastime was to take off, alone in her car, and “follow her nose” looking for friends she hadn’t met and places she hadn’t seen.
She married twice, once to Paul Hogan and once to Gerald Anderson. The two marriages produced six children who survive her: Penny Hogan, Daniel Hogan, Becky Hogan, Linda Kerns, Shelly Lucas and David Anderson. She leaves behind eleven grandchildren: Tara Reilly, Wesley Hoffman, Jacob Worrell, Nicholos Worrell, Shantel Worrell, Billy Hoffman, Benjamin Anderson, Anna Lucas, Thomas Anderson, Ian Lucas and Joseph Anderson. She also leaves ten great-grandchildren: Graeme Reilly; Kyle, Jarrod, Ashlynn and Ezra Hoffman; Elijah Evans, David and Kaylee Worrell; and Blake and Natalie Hoffman.
Services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Grace Point Community Church, 90 East Orchard Road, Littleton, Colorado. A potluck will follow in the Grace Point Community Church Fellowship Hall.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to purchase corrections literature in accordance with Mary’s service work. For information regarding donations, please contact Shelly Lucas via email at ShellyL2@hotmail.com.