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Lives Lived: Edna Anderson

Edna Haffey Anderson died on Jan. 15 in Grass Valley. She was 91.

Fond memories and good deeds from all who loved Mrs. Anderson will be the focus of her memorial.

She was born on Oct. 6, 1918, in Berkeley.



In 1929, her father bought the Spring Valley Dairy in Colfax. Due to the financial difficulties of the Great Depression, Edna and her siblings moved to North San Juan, where her mother taught school.

Two years later, she moved to the family ranch in Colfax and graduated from high school in Auburn.




She received a bachelor’s degree from the UC Berkeley.

She worked as a medical laboratory technician and ended her career at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento.

In 1947, after the death of her father, she moved back to the ranch in Colfax for several years.

She then married Doug Anderson and moved to Grass Valley. Mr. Anderson was a potter, and they opened the House of Joy gallery in Nevada City in the 1960s. After her husband died, she remained in Grass Valley.

For a number of years, Mrs. Anderson lived in the caretaker’s cottage on the Empire Mine. She was a fervent supporter of the mine becoming a state park.

Mrs. Anderson spent her final days at Meadow View Manor, in Grass Valley. She loved participating in the many activities there, including yoga, making quilts and baking cookies.

She was a strong supporter of the arts in Nevada County. Mrs. Anderson was a unique individual, an optimistic ray of sunshine who touched many people with her generosity and love. She loved animals and even groomed dogs as an avocation.

She leaves behind her long-time companion and friend, Fred Minor, an artist and painter.

Mrs. Anderson also is survived by her brother William (Dona) Haffey of Bakersfield; sister, Barbara Jane Haffey of Rocklin; nephew, Michael Haffey of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; and nieces Susan Haffey of Los Angeles, Renee Fluery of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Shawna Martinez of Loomis, and Penny Harding of Sacramento.

The family thanks the staff and residents of Meadow View Manor for the wonderful care and friendship they gave Mrs. Anderson.

Her sunny disposition was felt throughout the facility.

The family requests that any donations be made to Scooter’s Pals in Nevada City. Though her funds were meager, Mrs. Anderson’s last donation was to this animal-loving organization.


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