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Obituary: Joan Marie (McAllister) Anderson

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Joan Marie (McAllister) Anderson

December 5, 1941 – May 5, 2022 (age 80)

A fond farewell to Joan McAllister Anderson, beloved child, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

Joan was born Friday, December 5, 1941, in San Bernardino, California, to William and Vera (Moncrief) McAllister, just two days prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Vera often shared her memory of holding tiny Joan close to her heart in the darkness as the west coast had banned lighting and radio communications.

Joan leaves behind three younger sisters, Diana, Kathy, and Trish. The girls were blessed to be raised in a grand home on the ocean’s edge. Their favorite diversion was swamping their Sabot sailboat in hopes of gaining the attention of the handsome lifeguards.

Joan met her former husband, Leon, in high school and they married. Deb was born and Ron came soon after. Leon somehow became inspired by the familiar lyrics, “where the deer and the antelope play”, and the young family quickly moved to Glenrock, Wyoming.

Joan and Leon parted ways. Joan relocated to several Wyoming communities, but in the end was drawn to Cody, Wyoming. Joan’s grandchildren frequented Cody, entertained by the bountiful happenings, historical events, and opportunities to connect with nature. Of course, they were amused by their grandmother as well.

Joan loved to travel. Her most cherished remembrance was that of a journey to Scotland, her three sisters in tow. A highlight was stepping onto the hallowed ground of the McAllister Castle.

In 2008, Joan survived a near-fatal motor vehicle accident. Joan then lived the best life she could muster. During this time, visits from any of Joan’s thirteen great-grandchildren always brightened her day. Joan and her family owe a debt of gratitude to her patient, empathetic and skilled team of caregivers who became a vital part of her life.

Joan died peacefully on Thursday, May 5, 2022. A graveside service is planned for Friday, May 13, 2022, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon at the Glenrock Cemetery. A picnic at Glenrock City Park will follow. Friends and family are welcome to share in the celebration of Joan’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the choice of the donor would be appreciated by the family.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming, is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com.