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Anne E. Atkeson

18 months after a fall left her a quadriplegic, Annie died as she lived - deliberately and on her own terms. Born in Porvo, Finland, raised outside Alexandria, VA, Annie came west as a teen to begin her life of adventure and non-traditional work. As a trail builder, Marmot, Hotshot firefighter, teacher, community organizer with the United Farmworkers and Rainbow Coalition, water quality inspector, and lastly, Hospice nurse, Annie found joy and satisfaction in work and in service to others. She coached girls basketball, offered refugees safehaven, and provided therapy with horses for troubled teen girls. From walking across Spain to skiing across Finland to building her own houses to playing the guitaron, she loved a good challenge, and tackled everything with quiet determination. Loyal and generous, Annie had everyone feeling they were that special friend. Most alive in snow, she loved any self-propelled travel, biking everywhere and kayaking the Salish Sea. She usually was way out front. Her last 18 months challenged her patience, courage, and legendary independence which she met with characteristic strength and big heartedness. She leaves a legacy of women and men inspired to challenge their limits, friends who will be forever bonded by our love of her, and family who will miss her sorely: Major General Edward B Atkeson (father) and wife Eve Atkeson, brother Tip and sister Laura (and John) Haupfear, beloved partner Valerie Anderson, wuzband Gordon Scott, Finnish family Kikki Arthur (aunt), and multiple cousins. She was preceded in death by brother Peter, and mothers Sally and Maki. A celebration of her life will be announced yestermorrow. Donations in her name can be made to Animals as Natural Therapy, or the cause of your choice.


Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 19, 2014
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