Juanita Mae (Van Dyk) Anderson
Juanita Mae (Van Dyk) Anderson
May 2, 1923 – June 3, 2018
Our beloved Juanita passed at her home on June 3, 2018 with family at her side. She was born May 2, 1923 in Oak Harbor to Albert and Dora Van Dyk. She attended Oak Harbor schools, was active in a variety of clubs and student government, graduating in 1940 as Valedictorian. She married her high school sweetheart, Delmon Anderson, July 24, 1942.
They celebrated 70 years together, raising four children, always living on North Whidbey. Juanita and Delmon had a fine partnership in life. There was 15 years of farming in dairy, cattle, poultry and grain. They later owned/operated a gas station on Pioneer Way. Delmon was a working shareholder at Anacortes Veneer, Inc. for nine years. Then for 28 years, they owned/operated a number of laundries and dry cleaners in the area. Juanita did the bookkeeping for their businesses and often traveled daily routes to them.
Civic duty was important to this couple. They loved the Oak Harbor community they both grew up in and had many life-long friends. Juanita supported Delmon as he served two terms as Island County Commissioner.
Juanita and Delmon were members of the Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church. Other organizations Juanita was involved in through the years were Polly Harpole Hospital Guild, Island County Historical Society, Orthopedic Hospital Guild, Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary, Toastmasters, BPW, PTA, and North Whidbey Garden Club. She was a 4-H leader for boys and girls, taught Sunday School, and was secretary to N. Whidbey Fire Commissioner. Mom was a busy lady who made us proud.
Delmon and Juanita were world travelers, having visited many states and countries. They enjoyed fishing and Big Lake gatherings. However, HOME was always the best place to be. Their greatest joy was spending time with family.
Juanita is remembered as loving, generous, creative, and intelligent with a unique sense of humor. She was an accomplished gardener, cook (she made the best potato salad), seamstress and an avid reader (in later years mostly Debbie Macomber series). She collected owls, snowmen, jack-o-lanterns, oil lamps, colored glass bottles, and dinner bells.
Delmon passed away in 2012, leaving his Juanita at their “little bit of heaven” home on Whidbey with glorious daily views of sunrises over mountains, the moon over water, Mt. Baker, Hope Island, boat traffic, Seal Rocks, soaring eagles with a yard full of flowers, birds, squirrels, rabbits, and deer. She was like a “ship without its sail” without Delmon, longing to “be together again”.
Juanita is survived by her brother, Robert (Betty) Van Dyk; sons: Doug (Micki) Anderson, Roger Anderson, Jeff (Donna) Anderson; daughter, Judy (Bruce) Biddle; grandchildren: Tod (Jennifer) Anderson, Scott (Jeni) Anderson, Kristin Wren, Katie (Tom) Sichler, Chris (Erin) Anderson, Erica (Mark) Mills, Tracy (Brian) Ladyman, Anker (Jennifer) Anderson, Kyle Biddle, Chad (Tie) Biddle, Lia (Nate) Long, Kevin (Emily) Anderson, Mitchel (Jennifer) Anderson, Darren (Laura) Anderson, Tommy Poirier, Tammy (Bill) Roberts; many nieces and nephews and their families. Juanita was blessed with 24 great-grandchildren.
Juanita was much loved by her family and will be greatly missed. JOY comes in knowing that Juanita and Delmon are “together again”. The family offers gratitude to all who shared their time with Juanita and participated in her journey HOME.
A Memorial Service will be held on July 28, 2018 at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor at 1pm. Family suggests rememberances be made to Hospice of Whidbey Health, Oak Harbor Lions Club @ PO Box 21, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, American Cancer Society, Puget Sound Blood Bank, or a charity of your choice.