Marian E. Andersen, 95, of Sparta, passed away on December 28, 2020 at Trillium Woods in Byron Center.
After graduating from Stanton High School in 1942, Marian went to Washington D.C. for a year and a half as a "war secretary" in a stenographic pool during World War II. When she returned home to Michigan, she was employed at the courthouse in the Abstract Office for a year. She attended Wheaton College for three semesters before she and her sister Alice teamed up and worked for Southern Highland Evangel teaching Bible classes in rural schools, vacation Bible schools and summer camps. In 1952 Marian graduated Nursing School at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids and worked briefly for Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview, a job which helped prepare her for her mission work in South America. In 1953 she was accepted by South America Mission and left for Peru in the spring of 1954, working in the jungle among Indian tribes for 15 years until an illness forced her to return back to the states. Upon her return she was assigned to SAM’s home office in Florida as the assistant to the director and office manager, a position she held until her retirement in 1990. While in Florida, Marian was very active as a church organist and kept her nursing license current and worked in private health care. At the young age of 90, Marian moved to Sparta, where she remained active in the community. She attended the Baptist Church in Sparta, was she was the pianist for the Senior Sunday School. At Meadow Lark Retirement Home, she coordinated an evening church service for the residents. Even after those services were shut down due to the COVID quarantine, she and other residents prepared bulletins each week to take the place of that service and provided encouraging words thru Scripture and Hymns.
Marian is survived by a sister Anna Hart of Comstock Park, one niece Sharla Obetts, and great-nieces and nephews Nicole, Anthony, Dustin and Philip III.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Ejnar & Selma (Puffpaff) Andersen and her sister, Alice Adams.
Private family services are being held at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Stanton (225 W. Cedar St) and final interment will be at Sidney Cemetery.
For those wanting to make a memorial donation in Marian’s memory the family suggests you direct them to Nevins Lake Church in Stanton.