Melanie Dawn Anderson passed away suddenly in the arms of her loving family at the Red Deer Hospital on January 18, 2014. She was born on June 25, 1973 to parents Garry and Marjorie Bowman. Melanie grew up on a farm in the Sundre area. After attending the Sundre High School, she moved on to the University of Lethbridge and then Olds College where she gained her diploma in Office Administration with the highest
honors. She remained working at the College for six years. She married her soul mate, Scott Anderson, on August 19, 1994, a mere 13 months after they met.Together, they built up their cattle and grain farm west of Bowden. It was during this time that they celebrated the arrival of their two boys, Ethan (1998) and Eli (2000). Melanie’s entrepreneurial spirit took over as the boys began attending Bowden School. She founded Vitality Crystals and Fountains, a rock shop located on the farm, selling healing stones, crystals, gemstone jewelry,
and fountains. In the seven spectacular years leading up to Melanie’s passing, the little country cabin store became one of the premier rock shops in Alberta. Her beautiful smile, engaging personality, knowledge of crystals and the spiritual
guidance she shared with her patrons was nothing short of a miracle. Never one to shy away from a new challenge, Melanie began practicing Karate at the age of 36, as a proud member of the Arashi-Do School of Martial Arts. As a testament to her inner strength and desire to succeed, in what has become a benchmark for ascension throughout the Karate ranks, she was honored to be presented with her black belt just weeks prior to her 40th birthday. At the time of her passing, not only was she actively training, she had begun teaching Karate in Calgary and had started another new challenge – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Melanie’s love for her family, business, and Karate was immense. She touched hundreds of lives within that circle and leaves a husband and two teenage boys who are incredibly proud of her. With respect to Garth Brooks’ “The River,” she truly did “choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tides.” Melanie is survived by her husband, Scott, her sons, Ethan and Eli; parents Garry and Marjorie Bowman of Sundre; sister Faye (Kevin) Hill and family of Red Deer; brother Cameron (Corina) Bowman and family of Hinton; Scott’s parents, Gary and Faye Anderson of Bowden; sisters-in-law, Lori (Ross) Clarke and family of Olds; Tara (Rob) Roth and family of Bowden, and special friend and co-worker, Cathy Hryhoryshen of Bowden. Funeral services will be held at the Bowden Lions Hall on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:00pm. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to STARS Air Ambulance or to the Red Deer Hospital.
Arrangements entrusted to
HEARTLAND FUNERAL SERVICES, LTD., INNISFAIL.