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Elsie Marie AndrewsSeptember 27, 1920 ~ June 29, 2017 (age 96)
Elsie Marie Andrews, 96
Our caring and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Elsie Marie Andrews was called to pass into eternal life on June 29, 2017.
Elsie was born September 27, 1920 in Fargo, ND to Austrid and Johan Rydgren. She moved around a fair bit in her first years of life even going on a journey to her mother’s homeland of Norway for a stint long enough to forget English and came home only speaking and understanding Norwegian. She attended elementary school in Fargo and moved to McVille, ND for 8th grade. She enjoyed living with her dear cousin Adelaide while in McVille and took a lot of pride in working at the soda fountain in the front of her uncle’s drug store. It was when she lived with her tante Synva Quam and attended 9th grade at Walker High School that Elsie fell in love with the Leech Lake area. Elsie graduated in 1938 from Roosevelt High School, in Washington, DC and quickly landed a job at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She worked hard and saved up enough money to buy a 1940 Ford convertible. As soon as she learned to drive it, she drove it directly from D.C. for a visit to Walker.
It was on one of those magical summer visits to Walker that she met her future husband Robert (Bob) Andrews and stole his heart. As family legend has it, near the end of 1941, with Elsie back in D.C., Bob, knowing he’d be drafted into the war soon, borrowed the family car to run out quick and grab something. He drove that car all the way to D.C. and promptly proposed to his bride-to-be.
Elsie and Bob were married in March of 1942 and had two beautiful children, Diane and Robert. She loved fulfilling her career aspirations and raising her children in the Walker area. Agency Bay became the family haven with many sunny summer days of waterskiing and fun nights telling stories by the campfire. Elsie continued her civil service career working approximately 20 years for Cass County and retired which much fanfare from her esteemed colleagues in 1982. Retirement brought Elsie into her recycled teenager years where she and Bob enjoyed wintering and visiting new and old friends in FL. She enjoyed 50 rich years of marriage to Bob and continued after his death to find ways to enjoy the world. Elsie’s light shined bright while she was here and taught us to enjoy the good times and stay true to your own path.
Elsie is survived by her two children, Diane Bach and Bob (Roxanne) Andrews, three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several other extended family members and friends that loved her dearly. The family wants to thank the May Creek Cottages for providing wonderful care to Elsie.
A memorial service for Elsie will be on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM with a gathering of friends and family beginning at 12:00 PM at the Dennis Funeral Home, Walker, Minnesota. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Walker. Arrangements are by Dennis Funeral Home, Walker, Minnesota.