Obituaries: Mary Ethel (Bugbee) Anderson


September 18, 2020

On Sept. 10, 2020, a very special lady left this world. Mary Ethel (Bugbee) Anderson, 91, was born to Alfhild Boquist and George Bugbee on June 16, 1929. She was the second of three children born to the couple, and a bright light preceding what would eventually be a dark time in our country's history.

As the daughter of a farmer in northern Minnesota, she never experienced the hunger of the Great Depression and grew up loving the life that small-town rural America could offer. Farm life, however, was not her destiny. She became a nurse and married her high school sweetheart, Rodney Anderson, who survives her.

They moved to Colorado and traveled the world, exploring all seven continents. Together they had three children, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Mary and Rod were married for nearly 70 years but their history goes back to the first grade in the same small elementary school in Carlton.

Mom was an avid bridge player and an exceptional person, the focal point and glue of our extended family, and probably the purest soul we have ever known. Her passing leaves a gigantic hole in our family but also a deep gratitude that her suffering, although intense in the end, was of relatively short duration.

A private memorial service is planned. Those who wish to view the memorial service online may find an announcement at The family requests any donations be made to First United Methodist Church of Fort Collins; or, pick a charity, cause or event, and give selflessly as our mother would have done, and remember her when you do the next good deed.

Pine Knot News, Sept. 18, 2020


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