Anna Marie Erie
Anna Marie Erie passed away peacefully on February 28, 2013 just some days after having celebrated her ninety-ninth birthday.
Anna Marie Erie was born in Alkoba, North Dakota, a mining town 30 miles from the Montana border as Anna Marie Sampson on February 19, 1914 to Rasmus and Thea (Maurstad) Sampson. She was one of eleven children. Her family moved to Montana and eventually settled in Coal Ridge where Anna attended school and where she met her future husband Frank Erie. They were married in Spokane, Washington but moved to Bemidji, Minnesota where Franks sister resided. Anna and Frank raised four boys Donald (deceased) James (deceased), Richard and Dannie in Bemidji. She helped her husband with his drag line business when the last son had left home. A happy marriage of 55 years ended when her husband passed away suddenly in 1985. Anna continued live in their Park Avenue home and then began a period of traveling. She traveled to many places including Australia, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Alaska and made several trips to Washington State to visit family and friends. She also traveled with and was actively involved with the good works of the Covenant Church. Anna eventually moved into the GoldPine Home assisted living facility and enjoyed her time there playing cards and taking part in their activities, even as recently as last year, she was on a fishing trip!
Anna leaves behind two sons Richard and Dannie and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many fond memories by everyone whose lives she touched.
Anna will be laid to rest at the Greenwood Cemetery on Monday, May 20th at 11:00 am. A graveside funeral service will be held to honor her life and a luncheon will follow at The Eagles Club.