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Kirsten J. Anderson

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Kirsten J. Anderson Obituary
Anderson, Kirsten J.

Attorney Kirsten Josephson Anderson, 73, of Albuquerque, NM, died at Presbyterian hospital July 1, 2017 due to complications from a short illness.

Daughter of Vernal and Glenna Esplin Josephson, Kris was born in Boston, MA, on Sept. 20, 1943, while her father was a physicist at the MIT Rad Lab working on radar development. After WWII, the family, including older sister Sandra, moved to Los Alamos, where sister Marni was born. There they had a brief taste of ranch life, building a home on land near La Puebla, before the final family move to Palos Verdes Estates, CA, where twins Luli and Lovisa were born.

While in California, Kris attended Narbonne HS and received her bachelor's degree from Pomona College. She then moved to Albuquerque for graduate studies in anthropology at UNM. After receiving a law degree from UNM, she alternated years in private practice with two stints as a prosecutor for the District Attorney's office, retiring as a Deputy DA (Crimes Against Children).

Kris was the ultimate life-long learner. Innately skeptical of any facts or topics she had not personally and thoroughly researched herself, she was a continual wide-ranging knowledge seeker and omnivorous, rigorous reader. At her death, she was registered to attend a roster of OASIS, OSHER, and UNM continuing education classes. She was a long time Great Books participant and a devoted, active member of the Holmes book group. She had recently begun tutoring children and was looking forward to foreign travels, the Woman Tours Route 66 biking expedition, and many upcoming musical performances.

As an accomplished pianist, Kris enjoyed playing and so cializing with her 4-hands piano group. She was an avid and generous supporter of the arts, especially the Santa Fe Opera and other local classical music organizations. As a long time participant at the Sunday Chatter/Cabaret musical events (formerly, Church of Beethoven), she was honored to be invited recently to join the Chatter â€" Albuquerque board. Every year, Kris celebrated her various, interesting, cherished friends with an annual holiday open house. Preparations for next year's gathering were already well in hand.

Preceded in death by her parents; son Douglas Vern Anderson; grandson Cameron Anderson; former husband Donald E. Becker; and recently, sister Marni J. Harang.

As a sad note, disquiet over the current political climate undoubtedly contributed to Kirsten's early demise.

Survived by son, Jason Erik Anderson; sisters, Sandra Aregian, Luli Josephson, and Lovisa Josephson (Sean Casey); and dear grandchildren including Doug's children, Kaitlyn and Garrick Anderson, and Jason's children, Dadje and Paige Anderson. Survived also by her devoted kitty companions, Buffy and Callie.

Special heartfelt thanks to extended family member-friends, especially Carol Chavez, Michelle Smith, and Sandra Lyons for their generous emotional and logistical support throughout this tragic process.

A Memorial Celebration is planned for September.

Commemorations in her name to ChatterABQ.org or another local musical organization would be especially appropriate.

Please visit our online guestbook for Kris at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 9, 2017
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