Leona Ruth Anderson, 87, Hagerman, died Dec. 28, 2003, at home. She was born Aug. 13, 1916, in Soldier. Her family moved to the Hagerman Valley when she was three years old. She attended elementary school in Hagerman and junior high and high school in Bliss from which she graduated with honors. In the woodworking shop at Bliss she made a dresser which is still in use today. On Sept 25, 1934, she married Oscar “Swede” Anderson in Hagerman. They lived in the Hagerman Valley. Swede preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1984. She was a 68 year member of the Union Rebekah Lodge #45 of Hagerman. Survivors include her children: Tom Anderson, Hagerman; Tony (Linda) Anderson, Cincinnati, OH; Lonnie (Mary) Anderson, Boise; sister, Lola Pope, Boise; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Swede; parents, Fields and Jennie Ham Kiser; daughters: Shirley Anderson and Juanita Alexander; sisters: Neva, Erma, Nora, Clarice and brothers: Lee and Charlie. Graveside services were held Jan. 2, 2004 at Hagrman Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction if Demaray Funeral Chapel in Gooding.
-The Gooding Leader, January 8, 2004