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Husband of Margaret Anderson releases thank you; moment of blessing set for March 3

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2012 at 10:00 am |
February 23, 2012 1:21 pm
A portrait of Eric and Margaret Anderson, as seen on the stage at the memorial for Margaret Anderson held on Jan. 10. Anderson was shot and killed on duty in Mount Rainier National Park on New Year's Day. (Peter Haley/ staff photographer file)

Eric Anderson, the husband of Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson, who was shot and killed on New Year’s Day, today issued a thank you note.

The note, to all those who have supported and continue to support him and his family, was posted on a National Park Service website. The Andersons have two young daughters.

Anderson, also a law enforcement ranger at the park, said:

“On behalf of myself and my family I want to express my sincere appreciation for the love and support I received from the extended National Park Family after the tragic loss of my beloved, Margaret. I especially want to acknowledge the many individuals and parks who donated their time, energy and love during this time of need. Worthy of special note were the actions taken by the National Park Foundation and others to create a donation account in our family name; donations continue to be received. These resources have lessened many of the worries and burdens we have to bear. Thank you so much for your support and forbearance as we negotiate our way through this difficult time.”

Donations can be made to the family through a memorial fund established by the National Park Foundation by clicking here. Contributions also can be made at through KeyBank: Margaret Anderson Donation Account, P.O. Box 159, Eatonville, WA 98328. Make checks payable to Margaret Anderson Donation Account.

Also today, Associated Ministries announced it will conduct a Moment of Blessing for Margaret Anderson on March 3. The brief ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the northeast side of Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise. The sites will be marked by bamboo poles with red and purple ribbons.

Moments of Blessing is a program designed to reclaim spaces where homicides have occurred. The brief worship service is open to the public and designed to give support to the victim’s family, friends and the neighboring community, said an Associated Ministries news release

The blessing will be dependent upon weather conditions. People planning to attend are asked to check the park’s Twitter feed for updates on the status of the road to Paradise. All vehicles are required to have tire chains, regardless of the conditions, when traveling in the mountains during the winter.

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