DeEtta Anderson, 91, a longtime Grandview resident, passed away Friday, May 2, 2008, at Yakima Regional Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 6, 1917, in Tolstoy, S.D. to John and Mathilda (Jutzy) Knecht. Her early years were spent near Tolstoy where she received her elementary education. She received her high school education and graduated in 1936 from Plainview Academy in Redfield, S.D.

Following her high school education, she began her career as a secretary. She worked at the South Dakota Conference Office of Seventh Day Adventist in Watertown, S.D.

On Dec. 27, 1939, she married Donald Olson in Flandreau, S.D. Together they made their home on a farm near Flandreau. Her husband, Donald Olson, died May 4, 1956. Following his death she and her children moved to Milo, Ore., where she continued her secretarial work at Milo Academy for five years before moving to Walla Walla, where she was employed in the Dean of Students Office of Walla Walla College. She later moved to Portland, Ore., where she continued her secretarial work.

On Dec. 27, 1967, she married Phil Anderson in Portland. Together they made their home in Grandview.

She was a lifetime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and will be remembered for her contribution as a pianist and organist for many occasions, having arranged musical selections for instrumental and vocal groups. She continued her interest in the arts and did many oil paintings.

She is survived by her loving husband, Phil Anderson of Grandview; one daughter, Donna Montague (Dave) of Nashville, Tenn.; one son, Thomas L. Olson (Linda) of Spokane; one step-son, Phillip Anderson Jr. (Rose) of Grandview; six grandchildren, Don Olson (Pam), Cindy Williams (Ezra), Kiery Clawson (Jim), Kyle Herbel and Roma McCarson, Trish Rogers, Don Anderson and companion, Donna Baker; five great-grandchildren, Morgan Rogers, Ashley Olson, Eric Olson, Susanna Olson and Nikki Clawson.; and her best friend and sister, Kathryne Smith of Sunnyside.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mathilda Knecht; her husband, Donald Olson; two sisters, Edna Stebner and Alma Hagele; one brother, Walter Knecht; and one brother-in-law, Oris E. Hap Smith.

Viewing and visitation will be held today, May 5, 2008, from 2 until 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Burial will follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor her memory may contribute to the Grandview Volunteer Fire Department.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Mrs. DeEtta Anderson's on-line memory book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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