Helen Lorraine Anderson, daughter of Carl and Edna (Taylor) Peterson, was born May 31, 1923. She lived her youth and received her education in Marathon where she was a 1940 graduate of the Marathon High School. Lorraine's mother died when she was 12 years old, and she accepted the responsibility of nurturing and raising her younger brother, Bud, and taking care of the home. Following her graduation, Lorraine worked for one and a half years in Minneapolis.
Lorraine was united in marriage to Donald Anderson on November 9, 1943. Together, this couple was blessed with four sons: Larry, Richard, Thomas, and Ron. Following Don's honorable discharge from the army, they began their farming career in 1945. They resided on the farm from 1945 until 1979 when they moved into the town of Marathon. Even though Don lived in town, he remained active in farming until his death in 1998. The Marathon community was appreciative of the seven years that Donnie and Lorraine took care of the maintenance of the Marathon Park. Donnie was a school bus driver for many years and Lorraine was his substitute driver. They attended all of the school's sporting events. Donnie and Lorraine loved being "snowbirds" and spending some of their winters in Arizona.
Lorraine was a faithful member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Marathon and remained very active in her community. She took special interest in college sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, playing cards, and enjoying family camping trips. Lorraine loved her family dearly and was proud of each and every one of them, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lorraine's unconditional love will be deeply missed by her family and her life will always be honored and cherished by her family which include her sons: Larry (Shirley) Anderson of Wymore, Neb.; Richard (Beverly) Anderson of Omaha, Neb.; Thomas (Marsha) Anderson of Atlantic; Ron (Sheila) Anderson of Marathon; grandchildren: Jeff Anderson, Jeremy Anderson, Kelly Ellis, Robin Renken, Stacey Boll, Kyle Anderson, Shaun Anderson, Sonya Anderson, and Heather Totten; 16 great grandchildren; brother, Eldon (Bud) Peterson of Texas; nieces; nephews; other extended family and her many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donnie; and brother, LuVerne Peterson.
Lorraine's favorite quote was, "My favorite day was my first date with Donnie." Helen greatly missed Donnie since his death and longed for the day that she would be reunited with him.