Anna McAliley, (better known to most of us as Ann), age 97, of Grand Junction, CO, formerly of Faribault, died on Monday, February 15, 2010 in Colorado. She moved to Faribault in 1940 and lived here until September of 2000 at which time she moved to CO to be near her daughter.
Funeral services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2 p.m. with interment following at the Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.
Visitation will take place at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Anna, the daughter of Sivert and Olina (Nydahl) Kvistad was born on October 25, 1912 in Echo, Minnesota. She married Hugh Leroy McAliley June 26, 1938; he preceded her in death September of 1946.
Ann loved children and helped raise (babysitting) the McGinnis, Bauer and VonWold children in Faribault. She often spoke of those children and the joy they brought to her life. She also loved gardening and looked forward to spring when she could plant her marigolds and petunias.
She is survived by one daughter Linda (and husband Don) Mechem of Grand Junction, CO; one granddaughter, Shelley (and Ken) Miller of Buena Park, CA; one grandson, Tim (and Amy) Mechem of Ashburn, VA; four great grandchildren, Amber, Shane, Summer and Jennifer; two great-great grandchildren JoJo (Christopher Joseph) and Lynai; one sister, Lillian Kvistad Falkum; one brother, John Kvistad; and many nieces and nephews.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh; one son, Laurel Hugh McAliley, her parents and twelve brothers and sisters.
I am sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers. It was always a joy to see your mom on Sunday morning at church. She was always had a big hart and a word of enchurchment. She is some one I think of when times get tuff and know that I will make it. I also worked with Mac on the bus ministry at church. Allen Salveson
Dear Cousin Linda, Don and family -- We wanted to send our love and remind you our thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel; we trust you will have a wonderful memorial service on Saturday -- a celebration to a life well-lived despite many trials. I am grateful for the times I was able to spend with my Auntie Anna (as our mom taught us to call her); and I am proud of her in the way she lived her life as a testimony to her love for Jesus. Love, DiAnn & Rod Easterby
Linda & Family I was sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was a sweet lady. Last time I saw her was when she came back to Faribault to visit friends and she came by my dads home (along with Lois A. & Dolly W.) to visit. I was glad that I was able to see her then. My prayers are with you and the family during this time. May God Bless and keep you.