Anne Louise Crider-Real, of Mora, died and went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge. She was 86 years old.
She was born in Starbuck on Dec. 7, 1935, to Paul and Beatrice (Bingham) Simonson. She was an only child and grew up on her Bingham grandparents’ farm near Glenwood. Her mother married Lloyd Davis on March 1, 1950. He was a great influence for her during her teenage years, and he also provided her with five step-sisters.
At five years old, she started school in Villard, transferring to Glenwood two years later, and then graduated from Osakis High School in 1953. She attended Wessington Springs College in South Dakota for two years and later received an associate’s degree in education at St. Cloud State Teachers’ College. She started teaching school in 1955 at Kimball, South Dakota. She later taught at Wessington Springs, South Dakota as well as Paynesville and Osage.
She was united in marriage to Roy Crider on Nov. 27, 1957 in Clarissa. To this union three children were born, Keith, Lila and Alan. She lived as a pastor’s wife in Barron, Wisconsin, as well as Park Rapids, Motley, and Bemidji. In 1975, the couple moved to a farm near Grasston and served the Henriette Free Methodist Church. She lived on the farm for 36 years, including 20 years after her husband passed away in 1991.
She was always active in music programs during school and in churches. Vocal music and playing piano were both important to her. Later in life, her grandchildren received encouragement to pursue musical activities. She worked at the Villa Nursing Home in Mora for 20 years and served as the director of housekeeping for eight of those years.
On July 7, 2007, she married Frank Real in Henriette. He passed away in 2011.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Roy and Frank; and step-sisters, Wyvonne Steven, Darlene Martig and Laura Gohman.
She is survived by her children, Keith (Peggy) Crider of Isanti, Lila (Kent) Syverson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Alan (Kristin) Crider of Mora; stepchildren, Anthony (Janet) Real of Mississippi, Stella (Steve) Werner of Pine City and Rachel (James) Nelson of San Jose, California; grandchildren, Jenna Crider, Kyle (Brianna) Crider, Seth (Adeline) Crider, Sarah (Benjamin) Hartman, Laura Syverson, Rebecca Syverson and Nathaniel Syverson; great-grandchildren, Madison, Mason and Fern; step-grandchildren; step-sisters, Myrlene Sparks and Marion (Ralph) Walter; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A celebration of her life is being planned for a future date. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.