On March 2, 2019, Patricia “Patty” Dirstine Anderson, surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren, died peacefully in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and was reunited in heaven with her beloved “Sonny” Williams who died Feb. 22, 2019 in Libby.
Patty was born in Spokane, Wash. on May 3, 1944 to Clair and Gertrude “Rosy” Dirstine and graduated from Holy Names Academy in 1962. Her marriage to Mike Anderson, Sr. produced four children. Once the children were all school age, Mom became a school bus driver for St Mary’s Grade School and the W Central Valley School District.
Otto David “Sonny” Williams was born in Camp Hood, Texas on Nov. 24, 1947 to Joel and Lois Williams, Jr. Sonny served in the US Navy. Following his service, he went to work in the oil fields with his dad and then moved on to long-haul truck driving. He was a member of the VFW and the Shriners.
In 1996 Patty and Sonny moved to Bull Lake, Mont., which Patty called her little piece of heaven and where they were active in many ways. They spent time traveling all over on their trike, made many trips to Sturgis, loved taking their Land Cruiser up in the Montana mountains, and occasionally, dancing, during which Patty loved seeing Sonny show off his fancy moves. Patty was a cherished member of her bowling league team and Sonny was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Christine Marie Anderson. Sonny was preceded in death by his parents and sister.
Special thanks to the nurses at Schneidmiller’s Hospice House for their kind care. Also, great thanks to Jennie Ritchie “Sippi”, Patty and Sonny’s go-to-girl, at Bull Lake. The family doesn’t know what they would have done without you. You were there anytime they needed you-which was often.
Sonny and Patty are survived by Mike Anderson, Jr. (Kim), Spokane Valley; Tracy James, Rathdrum; Kathleen Janssen (Doug) Rathdrum; and seven granddaughters and four great grandchildren.
A combined service for Mom and Sonny will be held at Yates Funeral Home on 4th Street in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Idaho or the Shriner’s Hospital. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenberg fh.com.