March 31, 2019
Betty Anderson passed away at home in Carson City in March. She was born in 1922 in Michigan and graduated with a degree in music from Michigan State University. She and her husband Howard moved across the West and the country some 23 times and lived in Guatemala for 3 years in the 1950's.
Betty was an accomplished pianist and accompanist, and she particularly enjoyed working and performing with leading vocalists and organists in Northern Nevada, including Eileen Bianchi, Jane Blaikie, Jane Theiss, and Fred Gale. She also worked as an office manager, teacher, secretary, and library clerk.
Throughout her life, she and Howard traveled across the world, but her special places were the islands of Hawaii and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
For over 50 years, she was a member of PEO in Carson City, which provides essential support for many young college-bound women in Nevada. Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Carson City, where she sang in the Chancel Choir, directed a childrens choir, and was a leader in the Mariners Group and the Elsie Pritchard and Lottie Scott Womens Circles. Betty had been the secretary of the Carson City Community Concert Association, which brought musical artists from across the world to Carson. In Washington, DC, she led the formation of a spouse support group for employees of the Federal Highway Administration. She had been active in Carson City's Desert Gardeners Club and the Sierra Philharmonic Society, and was also a member of the Michigan State Alumni Association, Mono Lake Committee, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Greenpeace.
Special thanks goes to Betty's sisters in Chapter H of PEO for giving her unending support for the past 8 years with visits, dinners, and joy. Thanks too to the caregivers and staff of Home Instead for sustaining her independence.
Betty is survived by her son and daughter, Larry & Lynda Anderson; grandson and granddaughter, Garrett Anderson & Nicole O'Neill; great-grandchildren, Braytn Jernigan and Taylor Anderson; sisters-in-law Ann Anderson and Marian Mann; niece Susan Kidd; and nephews Bill and Richard Anderson; David and Doug Mann; and Jeff, Craig, and Tom Healy.
Betty would ask three things to remember her by: 1) Call a friend or relative you haven't talked to in a while; 2) Go to a live music event; and 3) Take a trip somewhere you've never been and always wanted to visit.
Donations in her memory are suggested to Nevada Chapter H of PEO Scholarship Fund c/o 1801 Pyrenees St., Carson City, NV 89703; or to the Mono Lake Committee, PO Box 29, Lee Vining, CA 93541.