Margaret Elaine Quinn Anderson…December 18, 1921 – November 17, 2017


Graveside Services for Margaret Anderson will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Fairmount Cemetery in Lamar, CO. Visitation will take place at Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel in Lamar on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pastor Kris Walker will officiate.

Margaret Elain (Quinn) Anderson was the youngest of three daughters of Jeremiah Thomas Quinn and Helen Altman Quinn.  The family moved to Columbia, MO when she was 10 months old.  She attended elementary school there.  The family moved to Lawrence, KS when she was 11 and she continued her education.  Margaret graduated from Lawrence High with the Class of 1939 and started classes at the University of Kansas.  She married Charles (Chuck) Anderson on August 20, 1939.

Chuck and Margaret had 51 years together before his death in June 1990.  In 1941, Chuck’s employer moved the family to St. Charles, MO to build defense housing.  The war was then declared in December of 1941.  They lived in St. Charles for nine months before returning to Lawrence.

Margaret’s mother passed away in July of 1943.  Chuck entered the Marine Corps in September of 1943.  Margaret worked at Sunflower Ordinance Works in the identification department during their large hiring time, taking fingerprints and admitting new employees.  She took a Red Cross Nurse Aid course offered at KU to help with the nursing shortage during the war.  Margaret also volunteered at two hospitals during her time off from work.

When Chuck returned from the war, his former boss asked him to help build in Lamar, CO.  In October 1946, the family move there.  Margaret worked as what was then called the Sacred Heart Hospital where she received training from the nuns.  She worked until June 1948, when the couple adopted a son, Ernie and also began caring for her invalid father in their home.   In August 1950, the couple adopted a daughter, Valerie.  After the passing of Margaret’s father in August of 1963, she returned to work at Prowers Medical Center until the 1970s.  She then was employed as a receptionist in a physician’s office.

Margaret enjoyed playing bridge, bowling in her early years, baking and having grandchildren living nearby.  She joined the Methodist Church in Lawrence, KS in 1936 and was also active in the Lamar Methodist Church.   Margaret was a volunteer at the Lamar Welcome Center from the day it opened in 1991 for eight years.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Jeremiah and Helen Quinn; husband, Charles “Chuck” Anderson; sisters, Catherine (George) Frank and Helen Jean (Frank) Hicks; and nephew, Charles Frank Hicks.

Margaret is survived by her son, Ernie (Kay) Anderson of Greeley, CO and daughter, Valerie (Russ) Baldwin of Lamar, CO; five grandchildren, Tylor (Theresa) Anderson of Lafayette, CO, Brett (Nichole) Travis and Jeff (Tammi) Travis of Lamar, Tiffany Kohen of Greeley, CO and Brooke (Nick) Palmer of Lamar, CO; nine great grandchildren: Teale, Ashly, Tristen, Tessa, Christian, Kelsey, Trey, Mason, and Chloey; great great grandchildren, Zoey Costello and C.J. Alacon; nieces, Karen (Leroy) Arends, Anita (John) Musso and nephew, John (Wanda) Lutz; brothers-in-law, Darrol “Corky” (Doris) Anderson of Lamar and Jack (Ella) Anderson of Lawrence, KS.

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