|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1923|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 14, 2013|
Christine (Chris) Anderson died Aug. 14 at the Wallowa Senior Living Center. A celebration of life and picnic will be held at Buckhorn Lookout at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Chris was born on Jan. 26, 1923, in New York City to Henry Johnson and Helen Enquist. She grew up in suburbs of New York City and spent summers traveling the United States with her mother and father, who was a professor of education at Columbia University.
Chris graduated from Vassar College. After college, she worked as an accountant for several businesses including Price Waterhouse on Wall Street and learned how to fly a J-3 Cub airplane.
The summer of 1954 she traveled to Colorado and joined a trail ride in the mountains out of Maroon Bells Colorado. On this ride, she met and fell in love with a wrangler named Johnny Anderson. They were married in Merrimack, N.Y., on Dec. 27, 1954. Chris left the bright lights of New York City and moved to the wilds of Colorado, living in cow camps near Gypsum, Colo., where she cooked and canned on wood cook stoves and packed water from nearby creeks.
Her four children — Kris, John, Peggy, and Bob — were born in Glenwood Springs, Colo. In 1962, the family moved to Oregon, living at Fence Creek, Indian Village, Marr Flat and Mahogany cow camps. Chris home schooled her children each fall until the snow got too deep in the high country, at which time they moved to winter quarters near Imnaha and her children attended the Bridge school.
In 1965, the family moved to Liberty Road near Joseph and Chris worked as a secretary at the Joseph Grade School and tutored children in math and reading. In 1973, they bought their home on McCully Creek. Johnny died on Dec. 19, 1977.
Chris returned to college at Eastern Oregon State College and received her master's degree in elementary education. Her first teaching job was in the one-room schoolhouse at Imnaha, where her children attended earlier. In 1981, Chris moved to bush Alaska and taught elementary grades in Good News Bay, Toksook Bay and Kasilik.
She retired after 12 years of teaching and returned to Joseph to the home she had build on the west side of Wallowa Lake.
While sipping coffee on the deck overlooking Wallowa Lake, she came across an article in Travel Tips, a travel magazine, about being a passenger on freighter trips. Chris spent the next five years traveling around the world on freighters and on one trip went around the horn of Africa.
Her final years were spent writing her memoirs, attending Fishtrap events and writing with her many friends in the writers group known as the "Write Group."
She is known for her adventurous spirit and determination in giving all children the best education possible.
Chris is survived by her brother, Eric Johnson and wife Lillian of Santa Ana, Calif.; and her children, Kris Fraser and husband Chuck of Joseph, John Anderson of Joseph; Peggy Kite Martin of Joseph and Bob Anderson of Buena Vista, Colo..; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Johnny, and son in law Marty Kite.
Donations in her memory may be made to Imnaha Scholarship Fund in care of Jean Cook.
John Bicknell Anderson (1921 - 1977)
Created by: KarenK.
Record added: Aug 21, 2013
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