Anderson, Olive Marguerite Sanford


(12/9/2012)

Olive Marguerite Sanford Anderson, 88, of Winona, died Wednesday, December 5, 2012, from complications of cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Olive “Ollie” was born in Chicago, Ill., on November 25, 1924, the daughter of Agnes and Lewis Sanford. The family relocated to St. Paul, Minn., where Ollie graduated from Central High School. She graduated with a baccalaureate degree from Macalester College with a major in sociology and minors in education, music, and physical education. She worked at the YWCA in Fargo, North Dakota, and later for Minneapolis Honeywell Incorporated. She also worked at the Winona City welfare department, and later as director of the Senior Citizen’s Center in Winona, Minnesota.

On February 14, 1947, Olive married James Harold Anderson at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn. They lived together in Fargo, North Dakota, Minneapolis, Minn., Washington, Iowa, and Winona, Minn. Jim served as the Executive Director of the Winona YMCA from 1960 through his retirement in 1985.

Ollie was an active member of Central Lutheran Church and Martha Circle, the YMCA Retired Directors, and of the YMCA Badminton Club. She volunteered for the Girl Scouts, PTA groups, the Red Cross, Sunday school, church activities, and the YMCA wives club. She enjoyed badminton, tennis, bicycle trips, aquatic activities, handwork, piano and singing, camping, canoeing, card playing and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, James H. Anderson; her son, Lawrence John Anderson (Dianne Anderson) of Birmingham, Ala.; two daughters; Barbara Rose Anderson-Greenfield (Eileen Macholl) of New York, N.Y., and Linda Sue Goddard, (Drew Goddard) of Buffalo, Minn.; granddaughter, Elizabeth Greenfield of Los Angeles, Calif., and her brother, Alan C. Sanford of Eighty-Four, Penn., as well as various nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding her death were her parents and one grandson, Jacob Lokken Greenfield.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Central Lutheran Church, 259 West Wabasha, Winona, Minn.

Memorial donations can be directed to either the Winona YMCA, 207 Winona Street, or to Central Lutheran Church, 259 West Wabasha, Winona, Minn., 55987.

Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.comServices entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona.

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