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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 1:30 PM (Central).

Messiah Lutheran Church
Murdo, South Dakota

Murdo Cemetery
Murdo, South Dakota
A memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST on Saturday, July 24, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo.

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In memory of

Marjorie Anderson

of Philip, formerly of Murdo, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Philip Nursing Home at the age of 103

Marjorie F. Anderson was born September 14, 1917, to Harry G. and Edith (Smith) Mills at rural Kennebec, South Dakota. She grew up on a farm in Lyman County, South Dakota and attended Rose Center School for eight years before graduating from Kennebec High School in 1934.

Marjorie received her teaching certificate from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota and taught three years in rural Lyman County. She worked several years in the ASC office in Lyman County and at the ASC office in Murdo. She also was the Jones County Clerk of Courts from 1967 to 1985. For several years before becoming Clerk of Courts Marge was a secretary for Attorney C.D. Kell and worked as a nurse’s aide at the Murdo Hospital.

On June 11, 1943 Marjorie was united in marriage to Paul A. Anderson in the Lutheran parsonage in Presho, South Dakota. They have made their home in Murdo all their married life. After retirement they ran the Anderson Motel, enjoyed several bus trips around the USA and were able to visit Paul’s brothers grave located in the Hawaiian Islands. Paul died in 2009 after 66 years of marriage.

Marge moved to the Philip Nursing Home in May 2013 where she resided until her death. At her passing Marge had lived longer than any other member in the history of her very large Charles Peter Smith family.

Survivors include two sons, Walter (Dina) of Rapid City, and James “Jim” (Joan) of Mitchell; one daughter, Linda (Ed) Nill of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; one sister Winona Cerveny of Sacramento, California; six grandchildren, Sarah (Troy) Anderson of Hartford, South Dakota, Rob (Beth) Nill of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Cindy (Bill) Roberts of Waxahachie, Texas, Brad Barker of Midlothian, Texas, Katie (James) Lushbough and Samantha (Glen) Schmeltzer of Rapid City, South Dakota; ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband Paul on November 4, 2009; her parents; two brothers; and four sisters.

A memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST with a memorial service beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Murdo. Interment will then follow the memorial service at the Murdo Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers include Kip and Jean Kinsley, Bill Sorensen, Mike Darling, Jim and Bernie Butt, Suzie Moreland, Katherine Patterson, Betty Hoard, Helen McMillan, LJ Geisler, and Marge Peters.

In lieu of flowers memorials to honor “MOM Anderson” may be sent to the Jones County Seniors for Service or the Messiah Lutheran Church.

Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST
Messiah Lutheran Church
Murdo, South Dakota

Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. CST
Messiah Lutheran Church
Murdo, South Dakota

Murdo Cemetery
Murdo, South Dakota

  • I loved the tribute video that chronicled your mother's life so well! It's pretty special that she lived to be 103 and was quite independent for most of her time in our nursing home. Marge always spoke her mind which I absolutely adored about her personality. But, she was kind and quick to thank us for any and all cares. I am grateful to have met and cared for her during her last days on this earth. I know you will miss her always, but you have some pretty great memories! God Bless! ~ Carmen Fees, RN Philip,SD (4/24/2021)
  • South Dakota ~ Ron & Karen Tedrow Pierre (12/11/2020)
  • The "Investing in Rural Life" campaign family extends its sympathies to all of Marjorie's family. You will be on our hearts in the coming days. We know you have many fond memories of her to cherish! ~ Vonda Hamill Milesville (12/11/2020)