Patricia Anderson, age 66 of Butterfield, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System - St. James.
Patricia Anderson, age 66 of Butterfield, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System - St. James. Arrangements are pending with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. Funeral services will be 7 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2013 at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James with Pastor Joanne Engstrom officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, at Kansas Lake Cemetery rural Butterfield. Visitation will be Monday at Sturm Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Patricia Ann (Ross) Anderson was born December 15, 1946 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She took her last breath and soared to Heaven on the wings of angels June 5, 2013 in St. James. She was the second eldest of five children born to William Ross Sr. and Agnes Eldora (Johnson) Ross. During Pat's childhood, the Ross family traveled to Grandpa and Grandma Johnson's farm in Watonwan County every August. The trip took 3 days with few stops, no air conditioning and 5 kids in the back seat. It was during these annual trips where Pat met Merle in early childhood on the farm. Pat graduated from High School in 1964, and went to work for the CIA's Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. She remained there until her marriage to Merle in 1970, when she traded big city life for farm
life in rural St. James. Merle and Pat lived and raised their children, Chet and Cathy, on that farm, harvesting crops and farrowing pigs. Pat was a stay-at-home mom until the children were in middle school, when she took employment at the United Methodist Church, and then First National Bank, both of St. James. In 1995, Merle and Pat sold the farm and "retired" to St. Cloud, where Pat found employment at Klein's Landscaping, Wal-Mart Pharmacy, and finally Lynn's Tax Service. In 2007, Pat was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, which is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. It is a chronic illness with no cure. Her life changed drastically, and her days were filled with many procedures, surgeries and doctor visits. In 2008, Merle and Pat moved back to Watonwan County to their retirement farm north of Odin to be near friends and family. Pat lived her life in a positive manner and gave little indication of how difficult her illness was. She took great pride in the many accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader, cook and baker until her illness prevented her from participating in the things she so loved. She was grateful to be living back on the farm near family and friends in her last years. She was a caring, gentle, generous person who had kind words for everyone.
Pat is survived by husband, Merle of St. James; son, Chet and his wife Amy, their children Jordan, Noah and Hunter, of Maricopa, Ariz., and daughter Cathy, her children Cody and Christina, of Mankato. Pat is also survived by siblings William (Marilyn) Ross, Bob (Irma) Ross, Rebecca Ross, Brad (CJ) Ross; brother-in-law Neil (Betty) Anderson; sister-in-law Corrienne Anderson; brother-in-law Russell Anderson, and brother-in-law Clifford (Marian) Anderson.