Alice Marilyn Anderson, 79, of Tioga, passed away March 31, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Born on the family farm Aug. 3, 1934, in White Earth, Mountrail County, N.D., she was the first child of Martin and Gladys (Martin) Hegland.
Alice obtained her early education from a local country school, through eighth grade at the "Momb" School. She graduated from Stanley High School in 1952 with her course work including instruction in typing and shorthand. She worked full time for Diester, Borg and Winkjer and for Q. R. Schulte until her marriage to Alfred Kermit Anderson Nov. 5, 1954, in White Earth.
Alice and Fred resided on the Arnold Blikre farm north of Tioga during their first married years. Later, as employment changed, they lived in Williston, from 1958 to 1964, and Ross, 1964 to 1977, eventually making Tioga (1977-2014) their permanent home. While in Williston, Alice joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving faithfully in many volunteer capacities throughout the years.
The mother of 12 children, Alice was integrally involved with the musical community, Girl Scouts, TOPS, and the Sons of Norway. Her family was nominated as the "Amateur Musical Family of the Year" in 1974. She taught her children to play the piano, sing in four-part harmony, and supported them in learning to play musical instruments for band. She made sure that each had the opportunity to attend The International Music Camp to further their musical ambitions.
In her later years, Alice's passion for music led her to play music weekly at the Tioga nursing home. In 2007 she joined with her already performing siblings as they traveled around doing country and blue-grass music. The Hegland Family Singers performed yearly in Medora, and with the talents of other musicians, as Country Sunshine, they frequented nursing homes, community events, and class and family reunions.
Alice's love of family history became her crowning glory, as she worked tirelessly to seek out her ancestors and those of her friends and loved ones. Serving as director of the Family History Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Williston, Alice helped people from all walks of life find their ancestors.
Alice is survived by: her husband, Alfred; her siblings, Allan Hegland, Carol Rosencrans, Janice Hanson, Bob Hegland, and Jim Hegland; her children, Daniel Anderson, Amy Snyder, Jennifer Mitchell, Wylie Anderson, Bennett Anderson, Kathleen Smith, Casey Anderson, Julianne Jamtgaard, Emily Hollingshead, Ava Militoni, Lillian Gibbons, and Mathias Anderson; her 98 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.
Funeral: The funeral will be held in Williston, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 1805-26th St. West, on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 11 a.m., with viewing starting at 9:30 a.m.
Burial: Will be in Kristiansand Cemetery, White Earth.
The family and friends gathering will be this evening, April 3, at 7 p.m., with a meal at 5:30 p.m. at the church.
(Springan Funeral Home, Stanley)