Jul 182012

Eva Lorraine Anderson, 89, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2012, at Webb’s Adult Care Home in Snowflake following a lengthy illness. At this time, graveside services are pending. The services are tenta-tively scheduled to take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo., where she will be laid to rest alongside her forever sweetheart, Howard.
Eva was born on Oct. 4, 1922, in Plentywood, Mont., to the late Sigvart and Anna (Johnson) Johansen.
She graduated from high school in Medicine Lake, Mont., in 1940.
As a young woman, Eva began working as a security guard in civil service for the U.S. Coast Guard in Richmond, Calif., located in the San Francisco Bay area. During this special time of her life, she met the true love of her life, Howard Eldon Anderson, who happened to be in California receiving specialized training with the rest of the 168th Field Artillery for the Colorado National Guard. The young couple was married on Friday, June 13, 1942, at Camp Roberts in California. 

Eva was naturally a service oriented individual. Shortly after her marriage to Howard, she began working as a volunteer for the American Red Cross at several military hospitals. In 1977, Eva received a special plaque from the Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, Calif., recognizing 10,000 hours of volunteered acts of kindness through her service. Eva continued with her volunteer service for another 30 years and finally re-tired in 2007 at the age of 84!
Even during her time of service to others, Eva experienced personal loss herself when her husband of 46 years died on July 3, 1988. She worked her way through her grief by caring for others in need. She truly lived a Christian life and strived to “do unto others as she would have done unto her.” It was also in 1988 that Eva moved to Arizona full-time, making her home in Tucson.
She loved her years in Tucson and quickly became a familiar face at many places. Of course, she contin-ued volunteering for the American Red Cross, but also she became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Tucson. She remained active there for many years and was always ready to lend a willing hand to other members of her church home. She also was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as the American Legion Auxiliary in Tucson. Everyone whoever has had the privilege to work alongside her will miss her willingness to jump right in and lighten anybody’s load.
Her family was a military one and she was always ready to tell others just how proud she was to be the matriarch of such a dynamic group of people. Her husband was a retired master sergeant from the U.S. Army; a son, Jack, was a retired staff sergeant from the U.S. Army; and, another son, David, was a retired sergeant 1st class from the U.S. Army.
After her husband retired from the U.S. Army, Eva dusted off her schoolbooks and enrolled in nurses’ training programs in California. Many a fevered brow she cooled through her professional care and genuine concern.
Throughout her long life, Eva loved to crochet! She literally crocheted hundreds of doilies, afghans and blankets for her family and friends. They now consider these handmade gifts to be treasures, as they were made with the love only a mother or grandmother can know.
In 2009, Eva moved to her last home in Taylor. She loved the last few years there, and appreciated the tender love and care she received from her son, Don, and his wife, Jeri. 

Survivors include her son, Donald (Jeri) Anderson of Taylor; her daughter, Annette (Bruce) Larsen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren, Diane (Allan) Gilbert of Simi Valley, Calif., Shawn (Darsey) Anderson of Tustin, Calif., and Eric (Katrina) Larsen of Colorado Springs; and five great-grandchildren, Aarion Caldwell, Sara Gilbert, Jake Gilbert, Lena Larsen and Anja Larsen.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Jack Anderson and David Anderson, both of whom suffered from adult onset muscular dystrophy.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.