Mary Patricia (Garvey) Anderson, 84, of Huron, died Friday, October 2, 2009 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet. She had been a resident for over two years and her death was from age related illness. Her memorial service was at 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 7th, at the Gayville Lutheran Church at Gayville, South Dakota. A private family burial was held at the Winfred Cemetery.
Mary Patricia Garvey was born March 28, 1925 in Yankton, to George and Mary (Dalager) Garvey. She grew up in Gayville and graduated from Gayville High School in 1943. She married Dr. James Anderson on December 22, 1946 and lived in Madison until 1987 when she and her husband moved to Huron. Dr. Anderson practiced at the Huron Clinic until his retirement. He died February 27, 2009.
Pat, as she was known to everyone, was a wonderful cook, loving and patient mother and wife, and a talented seamstress. She threw herself into needlepoint, crafting magnificent Santas from annual patterns designed by a Sioux Falls needlepoint store. She delighted in showing off the 25 or so individual pieces, some nearly 2 feet tall. She also produced smaller Santas who proudly took their place every year, hanging from the Anderson Christmas tree. One year she received recognition for her work in an article and photo in the Huron newspaper.
Most grateful for having had her as a mother, sister and grandmother, she leaves her daughter Peggy, of San Diego, her Iowa grandchildren, Julie, Scott and Josh and their families and sisters Judy Cowman of Yankton and Virginia Nelson of Palmyra, VA and numerous nieces and nephews. Also left was the loving dog, Pogo, she shared with her husband.
She was a member of PEO and Eastern Star.
She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. James Anderson of Huron, her infant sister, Sharon Lee Garvey, her brother Ralph Gene Garvey, her half-brother Ernie Garvey and her parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations directly to the Beadle County Humane Society, 5063 Dakota Ave., South, Huron, South Dakota 57350.