Elenora H. Anderson
Elenora H. Anderson Elenora H. Anderson, age 97, of Hot Springs, SD, passed away on October 1, 2016, at the Custer Regional Senior Care Center in Custer, SD. Elenora was born at Harford, SD on April 13, 1919, to Joe and Ida (Schievelbein) Muchow. Elenora helped her dad with chores every day before and after school. This foundation created one of the hardest working women we ever knew. She attended school through only the eighth grade because her parents couldn't afford to pay to send her to high school. In her teen years, Elenora worked in Sioux Falls as a maid, keeping house, polishing silver, cooking and organizing dinner parties. In this, and through her whole life, she was a gracious hostess, welcoming family and friends to her home. She met and married Phil Anderson in 1940. They had two children, Malon and Phyllis, and also stepped in to raise her brother-in-law, Merrill, after his mother passed away. They had several farms and houses near Sioux Falls. Elenora was not only a farm wife, but a house painter and helped fix up all the houses Phil bought to sell. In 1960, they bought the ranch at Minnekahta, SD, where they raised cattle and helped with the grandchildren. After retiring from ranching, they moved to Hot Springs. While developing a housing project, they uncovered mammoth fossils, which were developed into a world-class paleontological site, The Mammoth Site, Inc. In 2002, Phil and Elenora were inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in recognition of their contributions in preserving the site for development. They donated all the present and future fossils to the non-profit museum. Elenora was able to visit the Mammoth Site last year and was extremely proud of all the Site has accomplished. Elenora organized many family and friend social gatherings throughout her life and was an inspiration with all with her talents. In her younger years, she was a decorator for several homes and gardens. She was a maker of crafts, and an exceptional seamstress and continued to crochet throughout her life. Elenora enjoyed fishing, rock and cycad hunting, traveling to almost every state, Sweden, Norway, Costa Rica and Cuba, and became an artist while wintering in Arizona for 11 years. Elenora never let anything go to waste, fixing up old furniture, re-ticking old blankets, finding treasures at garage sales and flea markets. There was nothing better than Grandma's Swedish rye bread, warm afghans, back scratching, or chicken fried in the garage. Elenora is survived by her son, Malon and daughter-in-law Kathy Anderson of Hot Springs, SD; daughter, Phyllis Anderson and son-in-law Dr. Tom Hines of San Francisco, CA; sister, Dorothy Meline of Colorado Springs, CO; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews in Sioux Falls, SD, Colorado and Florida. Following Elenora's wishes, a private family memorial with friends will be held at a later date in Sioux Falls, SD. Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley's Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Written condolences may be sent to: Malon Anderson, P.O. Box 460, Hot Springs, SD 57747.
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