ANNE JACOBSON

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Anne Louise Jacobson Anne Jacobson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and dedicated activist, died on April 3, 2014. Anne was born Anne Louise Mosher on July 18, 1928, in Los Angeles, California. She attended Palo Alto High School. At the University of Michigan and Northwestern, Anne majored in chemistry, earning a master's degree. After that, Anne moved to Alaska with her lifelong husband, Paul Jacobson. Later, the two of them settled in Washington State. Beyond motherhood, Anne worked in many capacities: industrial chemist, judicial assistant, jail commissary manager and finally as a breath-test technician with the Washington State Patrol, her all-time favorite job. Throughout her life, Anne performed tireless volunteer services for the Congress of Racial Equality, the American Association of University Women, the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters, various Democrat political entities and the WSU Master Gardener program. Also, she served as campaign treasurer for Washington State representatives Ruth Fisher and Art Wang, where her dedication and meticulous record-keeping were legend. She also narrowly lost an election for a seat in the Washington State House of Representatives. Anne drew inspiration from the plays of Shakespeare, the writings of Malcolm X and the populist songs of Woody Guthrie. She counted among her heroes Cesar Chavez, Jackie Robinson, Adlai Stevenson, Thomas Jefferson and polar explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton. Anne played the guitar, painted in oils and was known for penning clever birthday poems for her children and grandchildren. Her love of travel took her to many countries and repeatedly to Lake Wenatchee, where she communed with friends and family at an annual Family Camp. Anne is survived by her husband, Paul; her three children, Lee, Beth and Lynn; and grandchildren Henry Jacobson, and Liam and Reed McFeely. Anne led an exemplary life, devoted to the pursuit of worldwide justice, human equality and resource conservation. She will continue to serve as an inspiration to those who knew her. A memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, donations to the ACLU, League of Women Voters, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action or the WSU Master Gardener program are suggested.

Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Apr. 13, 2014
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