1949 - 2013
Janice Wyatt Anderson passed away on Jan. 24, 2013, on Vashon Island, Wash. She was born on March 29, 1949, in Fresno, Calif., to Capt. Vernon and Lillian Wyatt. In 1956, the family moved to a farm near Basin City, Wash. Here she developed her lifelong attributes: dignity, integrity, fortitude, generosity and love for animals, nature and gardening.
In the 1960s, the family moved to California and here Janice graduated from Santa Barbara High School. She worked as a professional model then moved to Concord, N.H., where she was a bank teller. She then attended the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) to pursue teaching and met and married the love of her life, fellow classmate Christopher Anderson.
The newlyweds moved north and settled in Walla Walla. Here they taught for the next 20 years and raised their children, Melissa and Devin, on a farm of their own. Passionate about horses, she was a 4-H leader and member of the Blue Mountain Riders. In addition, Janice was a disciplined writer, an avid gardener and loved to travel abroad.
In 2007, she and Chris moved to Vashon Island, Wash., and continued teaching. Janice became a member of the writer’s group “Tea Cups.” She recently completed Jaguar Tale which will be published this spring. She was also the central family figure throughout her life, hosting numerous gatherings including annual “sisters’ weekends.”
She is survived by her husband, Chris Anderson (Vashon Island); son, Devin Anderson (Austin, Texas); daughter, Melissa and her husband Nick and children Mia and Max Cuevas (San Marcos, Calif.); and her Wyatt siblings, Austin (Plymouth, Wash.), Bruce (Basin City, Wash.), Kathy (Lynnwood, Wash.), and Sherrye (Freeland, Wash.).
A memorial service is planned later this spring.