Mary ‘Dee Dee’ Anderson, 1931 – 2018

It is with deepest sorrow the family announces the passing of Mary Doloris Anderson, 86, of Des Moines.

Funeral services were May 30 at United Methodist Church in Grand Junction. Pastor Steve Ransom  offered words of comfort. Honorary bearers were Vincent Anderson and Dustan Towne (deceased).

Casket bearers were Ron Anderson, Don Anderson, John Anderson, Robert Anderson, Alan Alweiss, Caleb Anderson Blanchard, Mike Dodds and Quade Lankford. Interment was at the Junction Township Cemetery in Grand Junction.

The family was assisted by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home of Jefferson.

Mary, also known as “Dee Dee”, was born July 6, 1931, in Grand Junction. She attended school in Grand Junction and graduated from East High School in Des Moines in 1949. Following graduation she married the love of her life, Robert L. Anderson, on September 24, 1949, and began married life in Des Moines.

Dee Dee’s life revolved around her husband and their five children. She was a busy stay-at-home mom. Her activities included Boy Scout den mother, PTA president, involvement in several bowling leagues and La Sertoma. Anyone who knew Dee Dee knew her love of the Chicago Cubs, black and white Westerns, and word puzzles. She always had a smile on her face and her laugh was a delight to hear. She loved all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren unconditionally.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert L. Anderson; parents Lloyd and Velma Gray; sister Loretta DeAngelis; brother Richard Gray; and grandson Dustan (Dusty) Towne.

She is survived by her sons Ronald (Theresa), Donald (Dona), John, and Robert, and her daughter Linda (Alan) Alweiss. Mary’s grandchildren, who were loved deeply, include Jason (Lisa), Aleasha (Mike), Vincent, Jamie (Quade), Caleb, and Sarah. Her great-grandchildren include Dalton, Ella, Jalie, Audrey, and Ace.

We will miss you, Mom, and wish you ever-lasting peace with our dad in the heavens above.

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