|Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 at First United Methodist Church in Blair for Anna Andersen, 89 of Blair who died at her home Dec. 20, 1996. Burial will be in the Blair Cemetery.|
Anna Vivian Andersen was born Nov. 15, 1907 at Stitch, Tex. to Flavel and Margaret Denison Vivian. When she was eight years old, the family moved to a Hereford ranch on the North Flats. They later moved to Guymon, Okla. where she graduated from high school. She attended Panhandle College at Goodwell, Okloa. where she majored in biology and minored in creative writing. She worked as an office assistant for a Dr. Daniel S. Lee during the depression years.
In 1934, she moved to Omaha to care for some aged relatives. She married Carl O. Tegtmeier June 7, 1936 in Red Oak, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1963.
After his death, she was a doctor's assistant for the firm of William H. Schmitz, Sr. and Jr., where she worked until marrying Elmer P. Andersen Nov. 14, 1969 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Omaha.
In November, 1969, they moved to Blair where she began using her botanical training in the raising and merchandising of Elmer's Christmas Trees at Pine Tree Hill. In 1970, she passed the state examination to become a registered forester. In 1993, she became a volunteer Master Gardener.
She was baptized in 1921 at the Eula Community Church. Shew was a member of First United Methodist Church and Methodist Women. She received her 50-year pin and also a special membership pin. She had also served on church boards, as a Sunday School teacher and had sung in church choirs wherever she attended.
She had been a member of the Parent Teacher's Association, a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Merit Badge Counselor. She had sung for 12 years with the Walnut Hill-Rose Hill Mothersingers and the All-City group. She served as president for the Benson Band Boosters.
She was a member of Order of Eastern Star Narcissus Chapter No. 269, McKinley Chapter No. 161 and Kensington and several area garden clubs. She was a charter member of the Omaha Botany Club and had served two terms as president.
During World War II, she was a Red Cross volunteer and was one of the drivers who were drafted by the United States Army to serve at Ak-Sar-Ben Field.
She was a member of the Nebraska Christmas Tree Growers, the National Christmas Tree Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Federated Women's Club, Christian Women's Club and the Memorial Community Hospital Auxiliary and had spent a quarter century working in the dish department at the Auxiliary's Rummage Sale.
In addition to her first husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Elmer; a son, Jerry Tegtmeier, Omaha; three granddaughters, Kelly Tegtmeier, Denver, Colo. and Carrie Tegtmeier and Heather Burns, both of Omaha; stepsons, Rev. Fred W. Andersen and his wife, Pat; David B. Andersen and step-grandchildren, Ryan Andersen and Rachel Andersen.
Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers.
Campbell-Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.