Della Marie Anderson (nee Farmer; formerly Kelly) was born in Ferrin Township (near Williston) N.D., USA, on a cold winter morning March 10, 1926. She was the youngest child of Emma M. Rouze and George J. Famer.
She loved the plains of her home, but yearned to see the Pacific and got her wish and lived on the Central Coast since 1949. She yearned for the plains of her home in her later years and was happy to have seen them one last time in the early 1990’s before her dementia became a prominent reality in her life.
She did many things in her life, but her best accomplishments were her children and finally becoming a Nurse’s Aide in 1972. A work which she did for 12 long, but enjoyable years before having to turn to other work. In retirement years she volunteered with Meals On Wheels, C.A.T.S. in Grover Beach, and the local food bank now located on South 9th Street in Grover Beach, CA. Over her lifetime she had been a member of such groups and clubs as F.F.A., The Grange (in North Dakota), PisMO & Taws Square Dance club, The El Camino Arts Association, The Community Presbyterian Church of Pismo Beach, CA (where she had been a Sunday School teacher in younger years and a greeter until she stopped attending due to her illness) and T.O.P.S. earning many friends and much respect along the way.
While her daughters Ila and DiAnna were in school, she always helped with “Home Room” stuff, Camp Fire Girls, Choir, and whatever else they were involved in. She was an avid and accomplished artist, soprano, seamstress, embroiderer, and crocheter. Her family and friends (and their family and friends) were blessed with all kinds of her beautiful work. Her love lives on in those items and in our memories. She was also an avid reader and passed that passion along to her daughters along with her skills.
She’s survived by her 5 daughters, Della M. Jackson and Janice K. Baxter of Pahrump, NV; Kelly R. Farris of Portland, OR; Ila M. Parker (Joe) of Atascadero, CA and DiAnna L. Anderson of Grover Beach, CA, along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren & great-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Elmer R. Anderson in 1972; her (step) daughter Carol S. White and (step) granddaughter Sherry L. White, along with all her siblings, parents, several sons-in-law, and a number of other family members.
In lieu of flowers and cards, the family requests contributions to Wilshire Hospice in San Luis Obispo County, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the 5 Cities Christians Women’s Food Bank. If you cannot donate money, then your time is most welcome!! If you do not live in this area, please consider giving where you live to similar, non-profit agencies.