Born Anne (pronounced Ah-na) Knutson/Knudsen in Etnedal, she came to America at age four. At this time, the family name was changed to Bakken. Her father, Ole Bakken, was killed by a train in 1909. Anna and her mother, Theoline, were notified, but never in their lifetimes did they learn where he was buried (with some help, his grave was finally located, and his grandchildren placed a headstone on it). She married Cecil G. Anderson on June 14, 1922. During their 71-year marriage, they lived in Martell, Wisconsin then Swanburg, Minnesota, raised four children, and enjoyed grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and (for Anna) even a great-great grandchild. Anna helped found the church in Swanburg and was the town's correspondent for the local newpaper. At the age of 99, she too her first airplane ride, and loved it! The ride went on for over an hour, taking her over her home, her daughter's home, and over the area's many lakes. Anna said, "I guess you're NEVER too old to see and do new things." She confided the secret to a long life one Easter afternoon: "When I see someone has lived to be over 100, I know they must be surrounded by a good family. They enjoy their family so much, they're just not ready to leave." She didn't care if she lived to be 100, she just wanted more time with her family. Less than one year later, she celebrated her 100th birthday, in the church she loved and surrounded by the family she held so dear. "Grandma Cecil" as she was known to us never let the prayer before Christmas Eve dinner (lutefisk and spare ribs, of course!) end without quoting Tiny Tim, "and God bless us, every one." Oh, how we were blessed to have known her!