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Anne E. Andersen

Anne E. Andersen, 91, of Kimball, Nebraska, then Anthem, Arizona, passed away in her home on Sunday, December 10, 2023. A memorial has been established to Trinity United Methodist Church, Kimball,Nebraska.

Anne Elizabeth Hammons was born in Meridian, Mississippi on January 9, 1932. After graduating from high school, she attended Meridian Junior College. Anne's first adventure away from her beloved Mississippi was as an airline stewardess with Delta airlines at age 21. A few years later she met, then married the love of her life, Jerry Andersen, in Meridian, Mississippi, on June 16, 1956. Jerry's twin brother Larry served as best man, and her nephew, Mike Collins, was ring bearer. They moved to Chicago, Illinois; then Kansas City, Missouri; Peoria and Decatur, Illinois; Amarillo, Texas; and Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Jerry worked for Fireman's Fund Insurance and Anne cared for their three children. Their final and best move was to Kimball, Nebraska, in 1967. It was in Kimball that Anne and Jerry had their fourth child. As her children grew older, Anne went back to work, first at Plains Construction Company, followed by 25 enjoyable years at the Western Nebraska Observer.

Anne was an active member and past president of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter DT. She was treasurer of the Trinity United Methodist Church for many years, and enjoyed singing soprano in the choir. She served on many local committees, including the Kimball Community Concert Association. Throughout her life, she was generous with her time as a volunteer, from helping in a school for disabled children to assisting residents playing bingo at the Kimball Manor.

Anne cherished her vacations with family, providing much laughter with her witty sense of humor. She made unforgettable memories with her many friends in Kimball and Anthem. She played the piano almost every day, and enjoyed live theater, knitting, reading, and movies. Anytime there was music, Anne was up and dancing. She greeted everyone with her beautiful smile and southern belle charm, and was genuinely interested in each person she met.

Survivors include daughters Shelby (Cal) Warrington of Anthem, AZ; Julie Andersen of Durango, CO; sons Pete (Vicki) Andersen of Anthem, AZ; and Ben Andersen of Sterling, CO; grandchildren Cassie Wistrom, Jordan (Hannah) Andersen, Sheldon and Steven Wyman, Anastasia and Alex Andersen; great grandchild Lily Lou Andersen; niece Lynn (Neil) Smith and family, and nephews Tom (Nancy) Andersen and family, and Mike (Judy) Collins and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry, and sister Mary Fane.