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April 8, 1922 – Wednesday, July 11, 2013

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Shirley M. Granger, age 91 of Buffalo, MN passed away on July 11, 2013 at Parkview Care Center, Buffalo, MN. Private services to be held at a later date.
Shirley was born on April 8, 1922 to Peter & Bernice (Hobbs) Anderson in Holt, MN just outside Thief River Falls, MN. Shirley was ½ Norwegian on her father’s side & ½ Scotch-Irish on her mother’s side. Her Mom, Bernice Hobbs was born in Forest River, ND. She was a homemaker & after the children were grown she managed the Northwestern Clinic in Crookston, MN. Her dad, PL Anderson was born in Thief River Falls, MN. He had a good job as a field manager for Land O’ Lakes. Ben Zakariasen of Land O’ Lakes was a good friend of her family.
Shirley had 3 sisters & one brother growing up. She was the oldest, followed by Margie, Peter, Ione & Judy. Peter had a good terrier, Mickey & we all enjoyed playing with Mickey. Our family enjoyed good relationships & fun times at Christmas. In the summers we’d lock the house & camp around the lakes in our area, including Itasca, Bemidji & Detroit Lakes, MN. We had all the things needed for camping. Dad would work in town during the week & come out to our campsite on the weekends. She graduated from Crookston High School, Crookston, MN. Her favorite subject was math. After graduation she attended Concordia College for two years & then two years later, graduated from Fargo Business College. She married Jackson Granger on March 25, 1943 in Seattle, WA. He was in the Air Force & they traveled to Florida where she taught school. They then moved to New York before moving back to Minnesota. Her husband Jack managed a furniture store; she managed the store’s office, with five persons working for her. This led to her start in interior design. She loved remodeling & decorating. She & her husband had a great time fixing up their big older home in Clara City, MN. They had lots of people coming & going. It was fun for her to entertain.
She & Jackson were blessed with two daughters, Sherry & Jaclyn. She loved decorating for Christmas, but their two daughters also loved going to Bemidji for Christmas to play with their cousins. The presents were stacked to the ceiling.
She & Jack traveled to New York & Florida. After he passed away in 1990 she went to California many times to visit her sister. She also traveled to Las Vegas & had a great time in Greece for 11 days. She was proud of her decorating for others & her own home. She enjoyed the Thomasville furniture & many good things. The great moments in her life, though, involved people. She had three girlfriends in high school & they did everything together. She met lots of friends at college & they also enjoyed doing things together. Her wedding was one of the highlights of her life.
Her spiritual heritage was Lutheran. With her daughter Sherry, she was a member of St. Johns’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. One of her favorite Scripture passages was The Lord’s Prayer. Her two favorite hymns were Amazing Grace & How Great Thou Art. A life lesson she was still learning was the importance of being quiet. Sometimes she said more than she should have; she did speak openly & honestly so people knew what she thought & felt. She wanted to learn to speak the truth in love.

Survived by her two daughters, Sherry L. Jakel of Buffalo, MN & Jaclyn (Wayne) Steffens of South Haven, MN; three grandchildren, Stacy Bickel, Chad Jakel Gayle Donahue; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Peter Anderson of Denver, CO; sisters, Margie (Dr. Bill) Forseth of Bemidji, MN & Judy (Dr. Richard) Hicks of Eugene, OR.
Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jackson & sister Ione Dekrey.

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  1. Sandy Taylor

    I just wanted to say I worked for Shirley cleaning her apt 8 yrs ago and she was an absolute pleasure to spend time with. She will forever be in my heart. I remember that she had me take out a package from a drawer to show me a long bunch of the most beautiful red hair I ever saw and told me it was her hair from when she was young. I have been trying to copy that red hair ever since and just cannot do it. 🙂 Thanks for the fun memories Shirley, God bless you and keep you in his loving arms. 🙂

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