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Anderson, Merle Alice

Merle Alice Anderson, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandma/nana, great grandma and friend, passed away peacefully at home in Monarch on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at the age of 80 years.
Merle was a devoted wife to William (Bill) Anderson for 65 years. She was a loving mother and mother-in-law to her seven children: Lynda (Ken) Hann, Candice Hillmer (deceased July 12, 2005), Maureen Anderson, Shelley-Anne (Val) Dennis, Karen (Rick) Potvin, Steve (Carolyn) Anderson, Laurel (Steve) Anderson and of course Billy Merritt.
Merle was a caring grandmother to her 18 grandchildren: Stuwart (Theresa) Hann, Craig (Colleen) Hann, Christopher Hann (deceased October 13, 1977), Tammy (John) Wilgus, Lonny (Darla) Beglaw, Kyrie (Chris) Cragg, Crystal Valeen, Mike (Jen) Schaaf, Mandi (Mike) Bodnar, Bonnie (David) Postman, Cindie (Spencer) Rowan, Colin Dennis, April (Troy) Willerton, Shannon (Brian) Pointer, Randi-Jo (Robert) Anderson, Robyn (Sawyer) Anderson, Jordis (Coleman) Odney and Ty Odney.
Merle was a very proud great grandma to 29 great grandchildren: Danielle and Zakery Hann, Jagear, Kaylee and Bowen Hann, Dallas and Kale Gardner, Triston, Jayden and Kayden Beglaw, Liam, Jaylen and Taina Cragg, Jayla, Brynnique and Grayson Valeen, Corbin Schaaf, Carlin, Allan and Mackaden Bodnar, Amy and Bella Postman, Grady, Jase, Sawyer and Lainey Rowan, Jackson Beauchamp and Skylar and Quinn Pointer.
Merle was predeceased by her only sister Marilyn Mayme Gosselin of Edmonton, parents Smith and Iva Stephans of Turtleford, Sask., and her in-laws Egmond and Evelyn Anderson of Swift Current, Sask.
Merle was born in Turtleford, Sask. on Aug. 10, 1938. She met the love of her life in 1950 and was married shortly after on Aug. 26, 1953. Merle was a hard-working farm wife with many jobs throughout her time. Her favourite and most proud job was being a federal government meat inspector beginning in 1976.
They raised six daughters and one son on the farm outside of Monarch, instilling a hard work ethic and kindness into each one. Merle was often the person who was turned to in tough times; a person or animal was always welcome when in a time of need and never left hungry.
Bill and Merle moved into the town of Monarch, where they enjoyed retirement but didn’t slow down in the slightest. She was your No. 1 fan, from rodeo arenas, hockey games, baseball innings, school events, figure skating, dance recitals and everything in between, she did not miss anything. In fact, she was probably cheering the loudest.
Merle’s support didn’t end at the family. She was loved and cherished by many friends and club members in her favourite event of the week at the Coalhurst 55+ club.
Merle was always loving and kind. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Cornerstone Funeral Home, 2800 Mayor Magrath Dr. S., Lethbridge, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, from 7-8 p.m.
A Funeral Service will be held at Cornerstone Funeral Home, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Daniel Zopoula officiating.
Merle will be laid to rest in the Fort Macleod Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at 1 p.m.
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