|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1917|
|Death: ||Aug. 28, 2012|
MORTON - Harriet Ellen Anderson, 94, formerly of Morton, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at the home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law in Peoria.
She was born Oct. 1, 1917, in Galesburg to Clyde and Dora (Bennett) Porter. She married Gaylord Anderson on Oct. 5, 1940, in Galesburg. He preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 2002.
She also was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Katherine Mardell in 1950.
Surviving are four daughters, Christina (Jack) Slusher of Ullin, Ill., Karen (Mike) Carruthers of Peoria, Evelyn (Jason Jr.) Ryder of Peoria and Antonia Jacobaeus of Solna, Sweden; six grandchildren, Megan (Mike) Mobeck of East Peoria, Chesney Dennis of Tiskilwa, Ill., Pamela Ryder of Omaha, Neb., Phil Ryder of Peoria, Eva-Brita Akerlund of Bergen, Norway, and Calle Akerlund of Linkoping, Sweden; and five great-grandchildren, Logan, Cameron and Morgan Mobeck, and Hunter and Bree Dennis.
She graduated from Galesburg Cottage Hospital School of Nursing in 1938, after six months of training at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. She then attended North Central College in Naperville, Ill., for one year following her training.
Harriet had worked as a surgical nurse at the old Proctor Hospital in Peoria. She then worked as an office nurse for Doctors E.C. and Donald Burhans. She retired in 1985 from Bel-Wood Nursing Home as Assistant Director of Nursing after working there for 10 years.
She was a member of Morton United Methodist Church and its Ruth Circle and United Methodist Women, where she served as president from 1996 to 1998. She also taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school and was chairman of Christian education. She was a member and served as president of the Morton Women's Club from 1964 to 1965. She was a Girl Scout leader and was a former chairman of visual screening in public schools in Morton.
Harriet cherished the time she spent with her son-in-law, Mike, who gave her love, devotion, laughter and lots of Chex Mix.
During her last years, her extended family grew to include her "girl Dina" (Donna Casper), nurse Angie with Methodist Home Health, her new friend, Angela Morefield, nurse Peg and chaplain Linda from Methodist Hospice, who all provided her with excellent care, lots of laughter and made her final journey peaceful.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Morton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gary Motta officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton.
Memorials may be made to the Morton United Methodist Church Building Fund, 420 N. Tennessee Ave., Morton, IL 61550; Methodist Hospice, 221 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61636; or to the St. Jude Runners Association, 4722 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614.
To view Harriet's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.
Published in Peoria Journal Star on August 30, 2012
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