Lois E. Anderson, 77, of Como Park, died peacefully in her home on Dec. 29. She was born June 5, 1937, and lived on farms a fair bit of her younger life: first on her mother’s family farm in Bordulac, N.D., and then on a hobby farm in White Bear Lake.
She graduated from White Bear Lake High School and attended the University of Minnesota. At first she majored in engineering, a woman ahead of her time. She worked for many years as secretary and then administrative assistant to a vice president at 3M. She left that position and began work for the Republican Party of Minnesota, becoming an executive secretary.
While there she met John Tracy Anderson, a state senator from St. Paul. They married on May 7, 1969. They lived on Como Lake, where they raised two children. Lois died in the sunroom of that same house, within view of her snow-covered gardens.
While their children were in elementary school, she was an active volunteer in their schools, even running for school board. Later she became the office manager for MT Properties. She was extremely active at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, where she taught 3-year-old Sunday school for at least 30 years. She organized Vacation Bible School for a number of years, as well as a number of social activities to help members get to know one another.
She is survived by her children, Jevon (Kelly Scanlan) and Tracy; grandchildren, Ginger and John; and sister, Brenda Hylle. Lois was preceded in death by her husband.
Her memorial service was held Jan. 12 at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church. Memorials preferred to St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church Kitchen Fund.