Gail Andersen 1922-2013

Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Gail Andersen 1922-2013

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Gail Andersen, 90, of Miller, S.D., died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield, S.D.

Memorial service and Eastern Star Rites were held Saturday, Feb. 9, at the First Presbyterian Church, Miller, with the Rev. Brian Jones officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller.  Another memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield.

Gail Lucille was born November 7, 1922 to Robert and Mae (Butler) Mathews in Miller, S.D. She attended the Miller schools while growing up.  In 1940, she was nominated Homecoming Queen, and she graduated in 1941. Gail went on to Commercial College to learn stenography from 1941-1942.  She traveled in Washington, D.C. in 1943 and worked for the Army Intelligence for four years during World War II. While in Washington, D.C. she married Charley Thom Andersen on December 12, 1943.  After Thom was honorably discharged from the Army, they returned to Miller in 1946. In 1961, Gail began working for the Soil Conservation Service, where she was employed for 18 years.

Thom and Gail enjoyed traveling, touring 43 states throughout their travels. For ten years, they also enjoyed wintering in Texas.  In her spare time, she loved playing golf and bridge, and growing flowers, especially peonies. She was a faithful and devoted wife.

On November 3, 2005, Gail suffered a severe stroke, which led her to be a resident at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield. During that time, Thom continued to be a faithful husband and wonderful caregiver to Gail. Thom passed away December 16, 2010.

Gail was a member of the Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and held several other offices. She was a 60-year member of the Eastern Star and the Women’s Marine Corps Auxiliary. 

Gail is survived by several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Todd and DeAnn Beckett and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thom; and two sisters, Hope Michalson and Ruth Mathews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Miller.

Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Gail’s arrangements. Visit