Merrie Anderson

Merrie Eloise Anderson

Saturday, March 10th, 1951 - Friday, September 27th, 2019
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Our beloved Eloise passed onto the other side of the veil on September 27, 2019, from a long battle with diabetic kidney disease. She was born on March 10, 1951 to Verda and Leonard “Leonel” E. Bell, and was raised on the Round Butte ranch west of Ronan. MT.

Eloise was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She graduated from Ronan High School and continued her education at electronic trade school in Washington. She worked many years at S&K Electronics, SK College, SK Housing Authority, Jore Corporation, and various dude ranches. Every dairy in the valley knew her for her love of milking cows.

Eloise had a passion for her friends and neighbors. She had a never-ending interest in their lives and a love to give and share her every treasure with them. No one ever left her place empty-handed because she was the purest form of paying everything forward. Despite being an incredibly hard worker herself, Eloise employed many a neighbor kid to do summer jobs in her famous community garden, orchard, rabbitry, and wood shop. All throughout her life she enjoyed raising gardens and livestock, riding horses, camping, fishing, hunting, beading, leather work, knitting, and adoring her pets. She also loved eating out and hated to pass up a good restaurant. She had a blast at the Kentucky Derby and loved wearing her derby hat.

Eloise was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Patricia Vermedahl, and great niece Sara Jolee Shields. She is survived by her loving daughter Paula Anderson, her sisters, Kathy Beauchot (Charlie), Althea Bell (Mike), Melissa Michel (Leonard), her brother James Bell, many nieces, nephews, several adored pets, and a bounty of friends.

Eloise was an amazing character in life and will be greatly missed. The family would like to invite everyone who knew her to come to a celebration of her life at the Ninepipes Restaurant on Saturday, October 26th at 2:00 p.m to share memories and stories.

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Judy Shostak

Posted at 03:32pm
There are no words to describe her wisdom, talents, humor and the joy she brought all of us. Her animals, garden, greenhouse, woodshop all continue to inspire both Butch and myself. We loved her as our own and when we left Montana to head for the coast we had no idea that "see you later" would mean on the other side. To Eloise's family we can never thank you enough for sharing her with us. We have always felt that she was a gift from Pat because Pat brought us together. With love, Judy & Butch Shostak

Judy Shostak Posted at 03:33pm

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Chris Niemeyer

Posted at 03:00pm
We loved sharing Eloise's garden and greenhouse adventures. She and her menagerie was a neighborhood delight. We will miss her eccentricity, quirky ways and her many creative projects. She was warm and generous and we will plant a tree for her next to the marker she made for one of our old dachshunds and remember her fondly as we putter in our own garden. Due to prior commitments we will miss her celebration but she remains in our hearts and thoughts. With kind and loving memories, Chris and Jan Niemeyer.

Peggy and Dane Mattson

Posted at 06:55pm
I want to send my thoughts of deepest regret for your loss of your beloved family member. Eloise was incredibly creative, intelligent, and a skilled wood worker. My condolences to everyone; she has left a hole in all our lives.

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