Nettie Gurina Anderson

Nettie Gurina Anderson, 96, Kenmare, formerly of Columbus, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in a Kenmare nursing home.

Nettie Gurina Austaraa was born to Nels and Gunild (Gilbertson) Austaraa on Feb. 13, 1917, in Fay Township, at the family home. She attended Columbus school and graduated in 1936. While playing basketball in high school she earned an All Conference Pin in 1934. Nettie went to work as a cook’s helper at the San Haven Tuberculosis Sanitarium near Dunseith for two years, returning to Columbus and working for Mrs. Leroy Bonsness as a house girl.

Nettie was united in marriage to Eddie Anderson on June 15, 1941, in Montana. They lived in Los Angeles until 1944 and returned to make their home in Larson, where Nettie worked occasionally at Minnie’s Store and Post Office. Two children were born of this union, Norris in 1942 and Gurine in 1948.

Andersons were member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus, where Nettie was very active in Ladies Aid and served as treasurer for many years. In 1966 Nettie, Eddie and Gurine moved to Oregon. Nettie worked in seasonal work at a walnut and filbert nut factory and a maraschino cherry factory. Eddie passed away in 1971 and Nettie retired in 1984. She moved to Tucson, Ariz., to live with Gurine in 1997.

Nettie and Gurine returned to Columbus in 2002, where she lived prior to entering the Baptist Home in Kenmare in 2003. When Nettie broke her hip she was moved to Kenmare Community Hospital, where she remained until her death on Nov. 26, 2013.

Nettie was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; two brothers, Hank Hassel, Herbert Austaraa; two sisters, Inga Johnson, Bergliot Bly; stepson, Glenn Anderson; and grandson, Noland Anderson.

Nettie is survived by: son, Norris (Muriel) Anderson, of Linton; daughter, Gurine (Gaylen) Karstetter, of Rapid City, S.D.; daughter-in-law, Agnes Anderson, of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside memorial service will be: May 24 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Columbus.

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