Ann Ovydia Kleven was born Feb. 1, 1914, in Towner, to Martin and Hilda (Rue) Kleven. Ann grew up in the hills by Lake Metigoshe, near Bottineau.
She received a teaching degree and first taught in the country schools. She later taught in Rolette, Bottineau and Willow City.
She was united in marriage to Arnold Anderson on June 12, 1952, and they made their home in Willow City. They spent the winter months in Mesa, Ariz., for 25 years, after she retired from 42 years of teaching.
They were presently members of Grace Lutheran Brethren Church in Bottineau, and had been attending Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church in West Fargo since they moved to Fargo. Ann was always active in church and served on every committee. She loved to work with children's and women's groups. Ann was the first to volunteer for most anything, and had a hospitable and generous spirit.
She had a servant's heart and it seemed no one left her home without a "meal" and a cup of coffee. She loved to travel, play games, read, and enjoy nature. Most important was her faith in the Lord. She was always the first to offer her testimony of His love, faithfulness and goodness.
Ann died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Elim Rehab and Care Center, Fargo, at 99 years of age.
She is survived by: her husband of 61 years, Arnold, Fargo; devoted daughter, Patty Linson, Fargo; two grandchildren, Paul (Kristin) Linson, Maple Grove, Minn., and Jennifer (Mathew) Finley, West Fargo; and five great-grandchildren, Anabelle and Violet Linson, and Thatcher, Liam and McKenna Finley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Arnt and Oscar Kleven; sister, Olga Tonneson; and a son-in-law, Larry Linson.
Visitation: Will be today, Oct. 4, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.
Funeral: The funeral will be Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m., in Triumph (West) Lutheran Brethren Church, West Fargo.
Burial: Will be Monday, Oct. 7, at noon in Oak Creek Cemetery, Bottineau.
Online guestbook (www.korsmofuneralservice.com).
(Korsmo Funeral Service, Moorhead, Minn.)