Elisabeth Olney Anderson "Tinker"Elisabeth-wife, mother, grandmother and friend-died at her home in her own bed with her family present on June 18, 2014. She passed away from complications of ALS. Born in Oakland on October 16, 1927, Elisabeth was a fourth generation lawyer descended from Warren Olney, Warren Olney Jr. and her father Warren Olney III. Her great-great-grandfather on her mother's side was Edward Bailey, a Maui Island missionary and artist.
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Elisabeth was a graduate of UC Berkeley where she met her husband of 65 years attorney Robert L. Anderson. She was a Concord and Albany grammar school teacher and later a Berkeley civic leader who devoted her energies to the Girl Scouts, the League of Women Voters, Friends of the Berkeley Public Library, the City of Berkeley Urban Renewal Advisory Committee and the Family and Children Service of Berkeley, among others. She was a longtime member of the Town and Gown in Berkeley and the Berkeley City Club. At the age of 36, when her son was four, she attended law school when there were few women in the legal profession and pursued a practice in family law in Oakland for 35 years. She was a founder of the Women Lawyers of Alameda which honored her for her pioneering work in 1983.
Elisabeth was a superb dance partner for Bob and an avid concert and theater goer. She loved jazz and was a founder of the Oakland Music Club. An elegant, loving and dignified person, Elisabeth earned respect and loyalty from so many in her life. She is survived by her husband, Bob, daughter Kim Clement, Esq. (Clay), son Benjamin Olney Anderson, MD, (Tinya) and grandchildren Michael and Christopher.
Elisabeth and her family were most grateful for the extraordinary care and tender attention given her by the UCSF ALS Center, Pathways Hospice, and caregiver service providers Senior Alternatives and Bright Star.
Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Elisabeth's life at the Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street, on Saturday July 26 at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Elisabeth's name may be made to: the Girl Scouts of Northern California, the League of Women Voters, the Bancroft Library of the University of California or the ALS Association.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 6 to July 13, 2014