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Published December 05, 2012, 12:00 AM

Susan Lynn Anderson

August 15, 1956 - December 1, 2012

Susan Lynn Anderson

August 15, 1956 - December 1, 2012

Susan Lynn Anderson passed away on December 1, 2012, surrounded by her family at home, after a courageous battle with Von Hippel-Lindau disease.

Jim and Etha Brust chose Sue to be their daughter in Ottumwa, Iowa in 1956. She was a beloved child who spent her youth moving around the country with her parents and brother. Sue followed her parents from Iowa to Forest Lake (MN) to Bismarck (ND) to Portland (OR) to Derby (KS) to Lansing (MI) to Tega Cay (SC). She graduated from Fort Mills High School (SC) in 1974.

In 1976, Sue moved with her parents to Fargo, ND and began working as a dental assistant to Dr. Wipf, DDS. She met Paul Anderson shortly thereafter, starting a 35-year love affair. They were married in 1981 and moved to West Fargo. Katie was born in 1982; Betsy was born in 1983.

Sue attended Interstate Business College and graduated with an Associate Degree in medical transcription. Before she could use her degree, though, she found herself working at Eastwood Elementary as a paraprofessional. What started as a part-time job turned into a 12-year career that resulted in many friendships.

Sue was an amazing mother, dedicating her time and love to her girls. Whether leading church youth groups or Girl Scout troops, car pooling to after-school jobs or gymnastics meets, Sue encouraged Katie and Betsy to pursue their dreams.

In 2009, Paul and Sue moved to Rutland, ND. Sue stayed busy setting up the fabric department at the General Store and opening a store of her own, The Old Parsonage, with her sister-in-law. With Paul (mostly) retired, they spent their time fixing up the house in Rutland, traveling to Phoenix to visit her family and getting to the cabin on Spider Lake as often as possible.

Sue’s passion for crafting, quilting and antiquing was well known. She always had projects started and rarely kept them for herself, often surprising friends and family with quilts, cards, and tokens of friendship and love. But perhaps her greatest joy was spending time with her friends and family. Nothing made her happier than being surrounded by the people she loved and sharing laughs, chats and special moments, usually with a pan of banana bread or a chocolate sheet cake fresh from the oven.

Sue’s battle with Von Hippel-Lindau started in December 1996. From her first diagnosis, she faced the disease with a positive attitude, looking at every day as a gift and vowing to be present for each of them. Our family would especially like to thank Dr. Gerald Gross and his team at Meritcare/Sanford and the Roger Maris Cancer Center for their tremendous care over the past 16 years.

Sue is survived by her mother Etha Quinlan; her father Jim (Velda) Brust; her loving husband of 31 years Paul; her daughters Katie and Betsy; her son-in-law Josh Elfering; and many members of her extended family and friends.

We will celebrate Sue’s life with a service at Nordland Lutheran Church in Rutland, ND at 11:00am on Friday, December 7th. There will be a visitation and prayer service at the church at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 6th. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to the Roger Maris Cancer Center or the VHL Family Alliance.

The Price Funeral Chapel of Forman, ND has been entrusted with Sue’s arrangements.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.pricefuneralchapel.net.