Mildred Louise Anderson, age 96, of Cokato, formerly of Dassel, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at the Cokato Manor.
There will be a memorial service Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Elim Mission Church in Cokato with the Rev. Mike Newsom officiating. Interment of the urn will take place in the spring at the Steelesville Cemetery in rural Dassel.
There will be a time to gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Mildred was born April 12, 1922, to Ludvick and Anna (Peterson) Johnson in Meeker County. She attended Steelesville Country School and DasseI High School.
Her first job was doing house work on a farm for $3 a week. Later, she worked at the Litchfield Produce Co. which paid 30 cents an hour.
Millie married Arthur Anderson Sept. 27, 1941, at the age of 17, and moved to Hibbing, where Art worked for the Great Northern Railroad, building bridges on the Mesabi Division.
Art was drafted in July of 1942, and Millie worked at various jobs in Minneapolis, later joining him in military base towns in Texas, Florida, and Virginia, where she found work in the area as a hotel clerk and housekeeper. When Art left for overseas, Millie came home to spend the rest of the war years with her mother on the family farm near Dassel.
Their first child, Kathryn Ann was born Feb. 28, 1944.The family grew with the addition of Eileen Louise, Shirley Jean, and Loren Arthur, and the family moved to a farm in the Lamson area, where they lived for 47 years.
Art, Millie, and family were very involved in the Lamson Ev. Free Church, and Millie held many different leadership roles.
Millie was an involved farm wife and a very hard worker. She had a large garden, canned and froze the produce, and raised hundreds of chickens. She enjoyed entertaining, and hosted guests frequently.
For many seasons, Millie worked during the corn pack for the Northland Canning Co. She was also well-known in Dassel, where she worked at Holm Brothers Hardware Store for 22 years.
In 1994, Art and Millie moved to Cokato and actively served in their new church, Elim Mission. Millie had a heart to help others, as evidenced by her volunteering for Meals on Wheels, the Food Shelf Ministry, and reading to nursing home residents. She enjoyed quilting, embroidering, crocheting, and sewing for mission projects; and made a quilt for each of her children, and her 10 grandchildren; as well as crocheting many baby blankets.
Even in her 92nd year, Millie faithfully attended Women’s Prayer, Dorcas, and volunteered at the Dassel Lakeside Home, answering the phones. She enjoyed reading, still using the library at age 93, and delighted in her summer flower pots.
She also loved spending time with her family, and was a sweet, devoted mother, grandmother, and Christian role model, leaving her family with a strong Christian heritage.
Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; two great-grandchildren, Brook and Sydney Nyquist; a sister, Eleanor Johnson; brothers Gustaf, Lawrence, and Vernon Johnson; and son-in-law, Maurice Nyquist.
She is survived by her children: Kathryn Nyquist, Eileen (David) Harman, Shirley (Greg) Matuseski, and Loren (Barbara) Anderson; grandchildren Brent (Amy) Nyquist, Kristin (Eric) Dahlke, Kerry (Joshua) Schimmel, Mark (Kari) Matuseski, Anna (Edward) Smith, Jason (Courtney) Anderson, Michelle Anderson, Kati Matuseski, Kelsey (Brennan) Gustafson, and Kyle Matuseski; and great-grandchildren Evan, Eli, Ian, and Ariel Schimmel, Regan and Tyler Nyquist, and Amelia Gustafson.