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Geraldine M. Anderson
July 10, 1932 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Geraldine May (Chipperfield) (Butler) Anderson was born July 10, 1932 eldest of 8 brothers and sisters in Sioux Falls, SD. Being the eldest, she carried the burden of taking care of her younger siblings. In her younger years, Gerry grew up a tom boy not batting an eye for a good football game. In her later teens, she worked a short time as a telephone operator before she eloped with her childhood friend, Dwayne Butler.
She grew up living across the street from her future husband, Dwayne. They started as friends which ultimately blossomed into something more that lead to their marriage and 4 daughters.
Gerry was a military wife. She would pack up her family and move to where the United States Air Force would determine. The young family lived in Washington DC, where daughters, Sandra and Linda were born. Judi was born several years later in Rapid City, SD and Janet was born in Biloxi, MI. As they traveled base to base, Gerry would read novels like The Black Stallion and Beautiful Joe to her family to the point to where her voice was hoarse.
In 1964, the USAF base brought the family to Baudette, MN. In 1970 Dwayne retired from the AF and they bought the Williams Hotel. Gerry worked for Marvin Windows as an assembly worker for many years until she retired. After retirement, she packed up and moved to Newell, South Dakota to be close to family where Gerry enjoyed her 2 daughters and many grandchildren for 11 years while she lived in South Dakota
Geraldine had a strong and personal faith in God. She instilled into her children the strong value for family. Going through the triumphs and tribulations in her life, Gerry always persevered. She demonstrated that strength many times during her life.
Gerry had a great love for all of God’s nature, including flowers and especially animals; however, the dog was the most near and dear to her. She had many dogs in her life that were very lucky to have Gerry as their dog-mom. If you stop by for some coffee or visit the “Dirty Shame Bar”, you had better make sure you didn’t do anything to inconvenience her precious canine. She loved to share the story of how she bravely saved a butterfly from a spider web.
Geraldine was thoughtful and kind. She was faithful in sending birthday cards or anniversary cards. She would take the time to personalize each one by decorating with cute little stickers or putting a little money in it for “something for later.”
Geraldine will be missed by her close friend, Nancy Craig. Nancy was devoted and loyal to Gerry. She would call Gerry every night at 6:30 pm. The two would talk and giggle like teenage girls. Nancy would call Gerry her “golden” friend because of their 50 years of friendship.
On January 11, 2024, Geraldine passed away peacefully at the Warroad Care Center with her daughter Sandra and her Granddaughter Dawn at her side. She is preceded in death by her parents, daughters, Janet Butler, Judy Butler and Linda Johnson and all of her brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughter Sandra Demary of Bemidji, MN, Grandchildren, Brian (Jenny) Loughrey of Baudette, MN, Brooke Demary of Baudette, MN, Dawn (Kurt) Olson of Newell, SD, and Travis Demary of Bemidji, MN ; Rob (Brooke) Johnson of Roseau, MN, Traci Grondahl of Leavenworth, KS, and Katie (Nick) Dall of Leavenworth, KS; Christine Nestegard of Warroad, MN and John (Cassie) Nelson of Newell, SD, MN ; 21 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandsons and her special dog, Butch.
Memorial Services and celebration of life will be held for Geraldine, Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Williams, MN 1 PM