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Ila Maurine Anderson

October 6, 1922 — October 18, 2013

ILA Maurine Pippett Anderson, 91, of Cokato, MN formerly of Sioux Falls and Lennox, SD passed away on October 18, 2013 at the Cokato Manor. Prior to moving to Cokato, she had resided for six years at the Lennox Good Samaritan Center. Ila Pippett was born October 6, 1922 in Hartford, SD to Rex and Helen Pippett. Ila was the youngest of four daughters. Her family started farming when she was two years old and they moved various times during the Great Depression. She attended several country schools until she started high school, graduating from Hartford High School in 1940. In the fall of 1940, she attended secretarial school. She then worked for Newberry's and Schoeneman's Lumber Company in Sioux Falls. In 1943 she moved to Oakland, CA to live with her sister while her brother-in-law served in the Navy. While there, she worked for Pacific Tankers and Crown Zellerbach. In the fall of 1946, she returned to her parents South Dakota farm near Rowena with plans to move to Minneapolis after the harvest. However, her plans were forgotten when she met the neighbor, Wilbur Anderson, who was helping her father pick corn. They had their first date on February 14, 1947 and married on June 12, 1947 creating a union and a romance that lasted over 60 years. Ila was a typical farm wife, helping in the fields, having a huge garden and sewing all her and her daughter's clothes. Even her daughter's dolls had complete wardrobes, made by Ila's talented hands. Ila had many roles in her life. She was a daddy's girl, a kid sister, a loving aunt, a devoted wife, and loving mother. Her favorite role, by far, was that of grandmother to Patrick and Katie and their spouses, and being a great-grandmother to Shelby and Blake Betzing and Rachel and Micah Boll, all who call her Grandma De De. Ila loved to travel and they enjoyed many cross country car trips to Colorado, Indiana, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Arizona. After their retirement, they enjoyed extended visits to Arizona relatives in the winters. Ila and Wilbur went to Perkins for breakfast every morning after Wilbur's retirement, a practice that continued until they moved into the Lennox Good Samaritan Center. Ila will be greatly missed by her daughter Shannon (Boll) Kotila and husband Gordon of Cokato, MN, her grandson Reverend Patrick Boll and wife Faith of Sioux Falls, SD and their children Rachel and Micah and her granddaughter Katherine (Katie) Betzing and husband Layton Betzing of Sioux Falls, SD and their children Shelby and Blake. Ila was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur, her parents Rex & Helen Pippett, sisters Verna Hanisch, Mildred Hanisch, Elva Erickson and son-in-law Michael Boll.

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