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Carolyn Anderson

November 9, 1930 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old


Carolyn Marie (Leer) Anderson, 93, of Boise Idaho passed away Monday, February 5, at her assisted living facility of natural causes.
Carolyn was born November 9, 1930 in Plentywood, Montana to Reider Leer and Dagmar (Forsman) Leer. She was baptized into the Lutheran Church where she continued to grow and serve. Carolyn’s years as a child of poor farming parents during the 1930s contributed to her strength and resiliency. She said that possibly the biggest impression on her life was not having money during those early years. She often told the story of being a first grader and crying as she had to walk the mile or so to school. Then, when she learned to read, her world changed and she treasured the quiet times when she could explore life and events through her books.

Carolyn loved school and enjoyed being a majorette with the Medicine Lake High School band. She was active in school track, winning several running events and could “run so fast I would kick myself in the behind”. She kept up her love of sports by following her favorite sports heroine, the famous Norwegian skating champion of the 1930s, Sonja Henie. Carolyn was thrilled when she was given a pair of ice skates so she could skate the Reserve Big Muddy and emulate the skater.

Carolyn started working as a young girl at the Reserve Farmers Coop doing clerking and bookwork. She met her husband Leonard (Jack) Anderson while employed there, and while he was driving truck for his cousin at the Reserve Community Oil Company. She said he was always stopping in for a Coke break, and she found out much later that he didn’t even like Coke. They were married December 27, 1947.

Carolyn set up housekeeping and raising her family. She loved to watch local baseball, taught Sunday school and bible school, was involved with PTA, was active in ALCW and VFW Auxiliary and was a scouting den mother. Carolyn and Jack spent several evenings square dancing with friends. She also bowled both in women’s leagues and mixed doubles with Jack. When her children got older, Carolyn worked at the Reserve Post Office for three years, and then joined her husband for 16 years assisting with running the family business, Jack’s Service Station. She not only managed the office but also assisted with the bookwork involved with the bulk fuel dealership at Community Oil Co.

Carolyn took care of her mother, Dagmar Jensen, in their home until Dagmar passed away from cancer. In 1981, Jack retired due to deteriorating heart health. Carolyn again stepped in to make sure he had the care he needed and acted as his nurse and health coach. Together they moved to Yuma, AZ as snowbirds, spending 17 winters in the warm climate. During that time, Carolyn studied art and became an amazingly accomplished artist. They moved full time to Missoula, MT before transitioning to Boise to be close to family. Jack passed away December 12, 2001. Family filled in the void as much as possible, but Carolyn’s health slowly deteriorated. She moved into assisted living where she continued to be loved by everyone who met her. Her strength, resiliency and sense of humor never left her. On her 93rd birthday, she was surrounded by family and friends that showered her with love. If she was poor as a child, she was rich in love as her family told her how much she had always meant to them. And again, as she slipped away from this world she was encircled by loving family and heard messages of gratitude and tenderness from those who loved her.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her husband Leonard E. Anderson, Dec. 12, 2001

She is survived by son, Jack A. Anderson and his wife, Vera of Hickory, NC; son, Lance E. Anderson and his wife, Connie of Tucson, AZ; daughter, Mavis D. Schiffer and her husband Warren of Star, ID; Seven grandchildren, Rachel Anderson and Charles Richter, Royce Anderson, Ryan Moore and his wife Alanna, Holli Anderson, Zachary Anderson, Steven Schiffer and his wife Eva, Stacie Christensen and her husband Jeff; Twelve great-grandchildren, Joseph, Daniel, and David Schiffer, Nancy Schiffer Camberos; Olivia, and Adeline Glover; Finneas Christensen; Bridget, and Zoey Anderson; William, Ellie and Freya Moore; and one great great-grandchild Oliver Camberos.
She will be missed by all and never forgotten.

Carolyn requested no funeral services. A celebration of her life will be held in her honor at a later date. Interment will be at Eden Valley Cemetery, Reserve, MT.


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