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Obituaries

Alice Anderson

Oct. 1, 2019

Alice Anderson, 89, of Kellogg, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at the Comfort House in Pella under Hospice of Pella care.

A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at the Kellogg Christian Church with Pastor John Claussen officiating. Pallbearers will be Marty Anderson, Mike and Rick Brown, Brian Edelen, Alex Manning and Steve Rutherford. Burial will be in Our Silent City Cemetery in Kellogg. Visitation was Sunday at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Memorial contributions may be designated to the Kellogg Christian Church or to the Kellogg Historical Museum.

The daughter of Jerry and Faye Shadden Fair, Alice was born June 1, 1930, in Grinnell. She was a 1947 graduate of Grinnell High School. On Feb. 6, 1949, she was married in Grinnell to Carroll “Shorty” Anderson and the couple farmed in Jasper County, near Kellogg.

Mom was an energizer bunny. Her most important job was working with Dad in the family business, raising purebred spotted hogs. She was a Porkette, the women’s branch of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. As time has marched on, the Porkettes have become full-fledged members of the organization, just like it should be. After retirement, Mom and Dad enjoyed traveling.

In the community of Kellogg, she was active in the historical museum and she was an Election Judge (April ate the check). She was a room mother and she started the PTA. At Kellogg Christian Church she was a Sunday school teacher, Bible school teacher, elder and belonged to CWF. She was a Blue Bird leader, Campfire leader and 4-H leader. She also enjoyed the neighbor group, the Sunshine Club.

She was a seamstress. She dearly enjoyed genealogy. She traveled to North Carolina and Tennessee, finding more family. She loved adventures and would drag us along. We would have little picnics with our aunt and cousins. She collected old dresses and shared her talent by doing dress shows as fundraisers for different organizations. I don’t think there was any information about vintage clothes she did not know.

All three of us share a favorite memory about mom. Mom used Ponds on her face at night and really lathered it on. When we would kiss her, we would just slide down her face. This makes us laugh when we talk about it. It also explains why she looked so good for her age!

We would like to thank Dr. Paul Ruggle, Dr. Dan Boroker and Comfort House in Pella. April and I would like to thank Jill for taking such good care of Mom; nothing but the best.

Mom and Dad were married a long time and loved each other very much. After Dad passed, Mom and Bob Rutherford became special friends and we loved it. He and his family were old friends and we want to thank them for their love of Mom and us.

Alice is survived by three daughters and their families, Marcia (Bruce) Kading, granddaughter, Hye-Kyong (Adam) Kim and great-grandchildren YaShia, Joua, Pen-Law, Dey-Xia, Hli, Gaozhi and Thuy; her daughter, Jill Anderson; and her daughter, April (Charlie) Manning, granddaughter, Alexandra (Alex) Manning and great-granddaughter, Isabella (Izzy) Manning; her sister, June (Mac) McCrary; and her brother, Jack (Virgene) Fair. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Shorty; her daughter, Beth Estelle; her grandson, Jake; and her friend, Bob Rutherford.

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