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Anderson says she loves life of service (with video)

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Pay it Forward Stevens County honored Llea Anderson with its award for her volunteer service in the community. Front row: from left, nominator Judy Johnston, Anderson, nominator Mary Holm, Kim Giese of Pay it Forward, Marlene Vogel of Pay it Forward. Back row, Andrea Dosdall of Pay it Forward and Deb Mattheis of Pay it Forward. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times2 / 2

All those people weren't at the church for quilting.

"I was wondering why everyone was showing up," Llea Anderson, the recent Pay it Forward Stevens County recipient said of people who came to Federated Church in Morris while Anderson and other women were quilting.

According to the list of the many activities Anderson is involved in, the church was the appropriate place to present Anderson's award.

Anderson is regular quilter who raises money for church community or other mission work. She sings in the church choir and serves on the church council. Anderson also organizes funeral lunch crews and works with special events at the church.

"Taking care of people is the way I was brought up," Anderson said.

Anderson's service to the community goes beyond the church, said Judy Johnston, who along with Mary Holm, nominated Anderson for the award.

"She especially helps friends get to doctor appointments and then waits or comes back to help them get back home safely," Johnston said in her nomination letter.

Anderson also volunteers at the Stevens County Fair and Stevens County Food Shelf and is an active member of her home study group.

"Llea can also be counted on to help people in the community," Johnston said. That help includes walking a dog for a friend.

"Every morning at 7:30," Anderson said of dog walking. The walks started as a favor when her friend was ill and have progressed to regular walk.

Anderson retired 11 years ago. She said she's been busy ever since.

"This is my life and I love it," Anderson said.

Nomination forms for Pay It Forward Stevens County are available at participating business including Morris Pizza Ranch, Bank of the West, West Central Screen and Print, Regional Fitness Center, KMRS/KKOK Radio Stations, Sheer Designs, Superior/WestMor, Stevens Community Medical Center and the Stevens County Times.