Sept. 21, 1974 — Oct. 22, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
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Mary Anderson (Me a Mathies) was born Sept. 21, 1974, died tragically as the victim of a murder-suicide, Oct. 22, 2021, at her home in Geyser, Mont.

Her parents are Glen and Lorna (Erickson) Anderson of Perham, Minn. She grew up on the family farm near Louisburg, Minn., with Karla, Lee, and Kristi. She attended school in Bellingham, Minn., and Mounds View in Arden Hills, Minn. She attended her junior and senior years of high school at Lac Qui Parle Valley, living with her brother, Lee Anderson, on the family farm and graduating in 1993.

Lac qui Parle Valley was special to her as it was a newly merged high school that was her dad’s prime legislative accomplishment. While in western Minnesota, she was a CNA and worked at the Madison Lutheran Home in Madison and enjoyed spending time there with her two grandmothers.

After graduation, she attended the University of Minnesota, taking coursework in kinesiology, worked for Lifetime Fitness and in home health care. Mea moved to Perham in 2001. She was a CNA at the Perham Hospital, lifeguard at the PACC, and pool manager in Ottertail. Her son, Thor (Phoenix Anderson) was born in 2003. Mea and Joseph Mathies were married in 2012. They had two children — Mathilda (9) and Vernon (7). They moved to Montana living at Reed Point and Geyser.

Mea was a valued caregiver for area veterans. Her first love was her children, bringing them with her when she worked at Sequoia’s Closet in Big Timber, Mont., consistently visiting the library and swimming pool in Stanford, Mont. and countless hours watching them play on the playground in Geyser, Mont.

She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking, and thrift shopping.

She is survived by her children, parents, siblings – Karla Anderson, Lee Anderson (Jody Sheppard), Alma Center WI, Kristi (Nick) Karels, Perham, many friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by grandparents Manfred and Helen Anderson and Orvin and Marion Erickson plus numerous aunts and uncles.

There will be a memorial weekend at her parent’s lake home near Perham June 24-26. If you would like more information contact Glen at 218-849-2905 or A fundraiser is being held for the orphaned children.