April 17, 1935 - November 18, 2012
Scotts Mills lost one of its most colorful and generous hearted residents when Ann Gallaspy passed from this world at her home November 18, 2012.
Ann, the only child of Melvin G. Gallaspy and his wife Beatrice L. Gallaspy (nee Anderson) was born April 17, 1935 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She had a privileged upbringing in pre and post World War II Oregon as the daughter of a successful timber man. She displayed early talents in music and art.
Following her youth and teen years in Pedee, Oregon Ann matriculated at Arizona State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her career in the field of fashion and design took her to the whirl of New York and Chicago in the 50's and 60's. Her jobs ran the gamut from modeling to fashion merchandising to textile design.
Ann returned to Oregon in the early 70's and gravitated to the emerging creative, artistic, and counter cultural community in Silverton and Scotts Mills where she lovingly became known by various sobriquets including "Abiqua Annie". Her local contemporaries and lifelong friends included John Seltz, "the Yieldo Bandido" and "Abiqua Bill" who both predeceased her. At various times during this period she also became a beloved caretaker, confidant or mentor to a number of young people who thrived under her influence including Annabelle Spotted Eagle and Sinaloa Brier. At other times Ann also provided a home and comfort for adults who needed a safe, sober or healing environment.
Ann's devotion to the peace movement and deep interest in Native American culture brought her to become acquainted with Austin Two Moons, an elder and spiritual leader of the Northern Cheyenne Nation who became, perhaps, the most influential teacher in her life. She devoted much energy, time, and financial support to Two Moons' "Peace through Unity Foundation" and the creation of a memorial monument at the Little Bighorn Battle Field to encourage peace among people of all races. Her relationship with Austin Two Moons, his wife Hilda Hart Two Moons, and their descendants became so meaningful to Ann that she came to consider herself an adopted sister and auntie in their band. She was never happier than when she was surrounded at her home in the Scotts Mills hills by members of the extended Two Moons' family who visited from Rosebud County, Montana.
Ann became widely known in the area for her giving ceremonies and practices. She bestowed her largesse not only on friends but on disadvantaged individuals she encountered in her travels. Many have furniture, blankets, quilts, linens or cookware in their homes as evidence of Ann's benevolence. Many received lovely garments Ann specially selected with her impeccable eye for fine fabric, design, and color.
In her later years Ann's generosity reached an apex when she single handedly endowed and assembled an entire children's library collection consisting of more than 4,000 books and DVDs. This collection is located within the Dr. John Woodenlegs Memorial Library on the Chief Dull Knife College campus in Lame Deer Montana. Ann dedicated this collection known as the Two Moons Children's Collection as a memorial to Mr. and Mrs. Two Moons who preceded her in death and who in life shared Ann's desire to expose children living on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation to works of Native American literature and art. Ann would have wanted any contributions in her memory to be directed to ongoing funding of this special collection.
Ann's survivors include her first cousin Dorothy Malkie and her daughter Kathleen Malkie both of West Virginia
A memorial gathering honoring Ann's passage on "Grandmother Earth" will be held at
Ann's home Sunday, April 21 at 2 pm. If you require directions please telephone 1-503-888-3194 or 503-873-7277. Bring a song, a verse, a photo or a special memory to share in Ann's honor. A potluck meal will follow.
Published in StatesmanJournal from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2013