Edna Lucille Aanderud

September 12, 1918February 14, 2013

Edna passed away peacefully Feb. 14, 2013 at the age of 94. She was born Sept. 12, 1918, in Rhame, North Dakota to Clara and Eugene Harris. She and her six brothers and sisters were raised on the family farm. The lessons she learned on the farm would serve her well all her life. After a year of college she moved to Portland, Oregon where she worked at Montgomery Wards. She then spent nearly three years as a personal secretary to author Elizabeth Lambert Woods in Long Beach Washington, and in Arizona where she traveled on horseback.

When World War II broke out, she enlisted in the army and spent much of the war in Europe assigned to SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force) under the command of General Dwight Eisenhower. Her war experiences include typing the German terms of surrender, missing the plane that crashed with Glen Miller’s band on board, and accidentally spending Christmas Eve at a brothel in France, as it was the only building with a light on.

After the war she married Kermit Aanderud, also a World War II Veteran. They bought a home near Raleigh Hills where she lived for sixty years. They had a son, Stephen and a daughter, Susan. Edna remained a homemaker until her children were in high school, when she was employed as a bookkeeper for Beaverton Auto Parts until her retirement. Edna attended St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Beaverton for over 50 years and was an active volunteer in the church all her life. She and her husband were devout in their faith.

Edna put her family first, and she enjoyed being involved in their lives. Her loved ones remember her for her kindness, intelligence, and giving nature. Edna cherished her children and seven grandchildren Ben, Zach, Jeanette, Joel, Paul, Matt, and Kristen, and was proud of their accomplishments. She also had fifteen great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. Edna was preceded in death by her husband Kermit, son Stephen, and her six brothers and sisters. A veteran’s memorial service will be Monday, February 25 at 12:00 noon at Willamette National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mound Church and Cemetery Maintenance, 5808 160th Ave. S.W. , Rhame, North Dakota 58651.

Arrangements by Pegg, Paxson, & Springer Chapel in Beaverton, Oregon.


  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Monday, February 25, 2013

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Jane Clark

March 11, 2013

Susie, We want to let you know that your Mom was a great friend and meant much to us. She will be missed.

Betty Griffin and Jane Griffin Clark

Richard Aanderud

March 6, 2013

Aunt Edna . . . such a wonderful person. So many enjoyable memories. Picnics, Christmases, family get togethers. She touched so many lives in her loving and humorous way.
Love Dick and Lisa Aanderud . . . .

February 26, 2013

"I-I myself am the One that is comforting you people." Isaiah 51:12

February 25, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the Aanderud family on the death of Edna. I had the pleasure of meeting Edna and she was a very nice person. May her family remember many wonderful memories.

Beverly Mitchell (Harland's friend).

susie oswald

February 25, 2013

susie...what a long and eventful life your mother is so hard to lose our mother's,no matter what our age. hugs to you. with great memories,susie (david) oswald

Craig Gavin

February 25, 2013

Steve & Susy....My prayers....Craig Gavin

February 24, 2013

Edna was in our Sarah Circle of St. Matthew for many years until recently. She did not say a lot during our Bible study, but when she did, it was something very thoughtful and meaningful which got our attention. We have missed her.

Vera Lewis

February 24, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. She lived an amazing and full life and I hope your memories help ease the sorrow. The Laynes

Cindy Nosack

February 20, 2013

Edna was such a blessing to me. I especially enjoyed having her in the bible study I lead at Rock Creek. When she would share, her words would be few, but powerful! She gave us something to think about. I count it a blessing to have known her.

Staff of Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Chapel Funeral Chapel

February 18, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.