ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Catharine Anderson 88 years old, born on September 30, 1921 and passed away on July 18, 2010. We will remember her forever.
Posted by craig charlton on July 24, 2014
Kit was a shining light in the Ukulele Club and the Hawaiian Serenaders Group, here at Laguna Woods Village. We enjoyed her
cheerfulness and her teaching and ukulele playing skills.

Craig Charlton
July 24, 2014
Posted by Shirley R. Harper on July 18, 2011
I think about Kit from time to time...What a great friend she was...A wonderful person...My getting to know her was through our Uke Group in Laguna Woods Village. She loved Hawaiian music especially, I would say, and she often did hula dances as group strummed their ukeleles!
Posted by Lois Dunlap on July 18, 2011
Kit Anderson was one of the finest women I have ever met. I admired her cheerful personality and her unending desire to learn. She was a good and dear friend and I am so glad that I got to know her.
Posted by Lois Dunlap on September 5, 2010
Kit Anderson was one of the most delightful people I have ever met. She was full of life and energy and was an inspiration to me.Even though I had not seen Kit in several years, she always kept in touch at Christmas and recorded the many activities in which she was involved. She was a treasure.
Posted by Mel Kernahan on August 19, 2010
Thank you Kit. You were a light in my life though I knew you such a short time. We shared a passion for the music and history of the South Pacific that made our ukulele sessions so alive. I miss you.
Posted by Tonya Rawie on August 19, 2010
Kit and I first met via email while doing research on our Williamson genealogy. It wasn't long after that we met in person and shared some stories. She was a wonderful lady.
Posted by Judith Anderson on August 18, 2010
From Phyllis Feemster: Although I only had the pleasure of being with Kit a few times, I found her very friendly - one who puts one at ease immediately. She was very talented, creative, and artistic.
Posted by Dick Mullineaux on August 13, 2010
Kit and my wife, Karen, had a long close relationship. Hawaiian music and dance brought Kit to our house every week for Hawaiian dancing.  Kit was a sweet lady but also very determined.
Posted by Suann Dayal on August 13, 2010
A very special lady who brought happiness to many people.Our best wishes to your family at this sad time from Herbie and Suann Dayal(nee Pascall) London UK
Posted by Judith Anderson on August 4, 2010
From Craig and Carol Charlton: Kit worked faithfully for many years as the Uke Club Librarian, printing song books for members.
I will greatly miss her cheerfulness, fine character, and friendship.
Posted by Judith Anderson on August 4, 2010
From Craig and Carol Charlton: My association with Kit was in the Laguna Woods Village Ukulele Club. She was always pleasant and helpful in giving lessons to fledgling ukulele students in her home.
Posted by tanja cosovic on August 4, 2010
She was a very good person and a true lady. You could sense goodness in her at the first glance. I hope her energy lives on in the nature she loved.
Posted by jane anderson on August 2, 2010
My husband and I had the unique pleasure of spending time with Kit and her family for the past few years. She was a remarkable lady whom I admired and respected in so many ways. I will miss her.
Posted by jean lamoon on July 28, 2010
Jean and Lawrence Lamoon lit a candle on 28th July 2010
A kind and loving lady who gave much joy to Eric in their time together. Fondest memories of Kit who holds a special place in our hearts.
Posted by carol charlton on July 27, 2010
Kit was a lovely person who was always helping others. She always seemed very calm and poised. Our Uke Club and Hawaiian Serenaders just aren't the same without her.
Posted by carolyn rorman on July 26, 2010
I haven't been around much in the last two years. But I do remember what a spark Kit added to the club. It will be an honor to play at her "Celebration of Life".
Carolyn Rorman
Posted by Marilyn Freeman on July 26, 2010
Kit was such a great friend. She and Barbara and I went on a Ukulele cruise and she was a gas. My husband and I took walks with her and had trouble keeping up! I'll miss you, Kit.
Posted by Shirley R. Harper on July 26, 2010
"We are really going to miss seeing Kit in Laguna Woods Village. She was a part of so many activities here...I am grateful to the Lord for her many years with us...Kit was a wonderful friend! 
Posted by alison prentice on July 26, 2010
Wonderful to keep on learning about a favourite American cousin. I loved her lively mind and concern for family history.
Posted by Judith Anderson on July 24, 2010
I hope others will add remembrances and photos of Kit, who brought so much joy and love of life to us all. She was a beautiful person and a wonderful mother. I miss her very much.
Posted by Catharine McNall on July 24, 2010
Everyone who met Mom was struck by her sweetness, her love of people, her embrace of those from different backgrounds and cultures, and her many hobbies and interests. Ave atque vale, Mom. I miss you.
Posted by Judith Anderson on July 24, 2010
Here's our favourite family hymn When the Mists Have Rolled Away. Not a soulful performance, sorry!

http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/When_the_Mists_Have_Rolled_Away/midi/
Posted by Judith Anderson on July 24, 2010
Here's Iz Kamakawiwo'ole Over the Rainbow --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0xoMhCT-7A
Posted by Judith Anderson on July 24, 2010
Here's Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele Weeps --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uym5k
Posted by Judith Anderson on July 24, 2010
Re music:
I decided not to use the site's available background music for now. I'll provide links to some appropriate music in other candles.

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Posted by craig charlton on July 24, 2014
Kit was a shining light in the Ukulele Club and the Hawaiian Serenaders Group, here at Laguna Woods Village. We enjoyed her
cheerfulness and her teaching and ukulele playing skills.

Craig Charlton
July 24, 2014
Posted by Shirley R. Harper on July 18, 2011
I think about Kit from time to time...What a great friend she was...A wonderful person...My getting to know her was through our Uke Group in Laguna Woods Village. She loved Hawaiian music especially, I would say, and she often did hula dances as group strummed their ukeleles!
Posted by Lois Dunlap on July 18, 2011
Kit Anderson was one of the finest women I have ever met. I admired her cheerful personality and her unending desire to learn. She was a good and dear friend and I am so glad that I got to know her.
Recent stories

Mom's ukes -- still in action!

Shared by Judith Anderson on July 22, 2011

I've been thinking about Mom a lot in the last few days as this first anniversary has passed.  I have both her ukuleles, which I treasure. While I don't have many occasions to play them myself, I lend them out from time to time to help friends get started playing music with others. Last night was a perfect example of how satisfying this can be. One ukulelist friend, Maureen, had just borrowed the two ukes for a few days, to try out and compare with her own. She returned them to me last night, at our last practice with guitarist Simon Nyberg, a talented teacher who has been here for several months from Sweden. Another friend, Pia, came to the practice "just to listen" and enjoy a final evening with Simon. Pia loves music but has no experience with any instrument. Darned if Mom's fluke (a type of uke) didn't find its way directly from Maureen's hand into Pia's, and the next thing we knew Simon was showing Pia a simple harmony line she could pluck, and then she learned a couple of chords, and she was part of the group! Her eyes were shining with delighted surprise, and I knew just how Mom felt when she helped beginners get their feet wet making music. Pia now has the fluke and I'm sure she'll enjoy learning to make music. This was a happy way to remember Mom at this time.

More on Mom's good advice

Shared by Judith Anderson on August 3, 2010

I would have written almost exactly the same story as Cathy's about the good advice that we daughters received from Mom. Another of her key principles for a happy life was always to  make the best of your situation. Since our family moved rather often, this attitude included finding something to like in each new place you lived, no matter how unpromising it might seem at first. She truly believed that home was where your family was, and there was joy and beauty to be found everywhere if you looked for it. 

Mom  never preached; she just knew the right time to deliver her ideas. She influenced by example as well by talking.

Kit and organized religion

Shared by Judith Anderson on August 3, 2010

As Cathy mentioned in her piece on Kit’s feelings about Nature, Kit had a very personal attitude toward religion and, in her adult years, was not a church-goer. Nonetheless, her background, from family to school to Scouting, was permeated with spiritual  values. Her firm conviction was that religion was a private matter, not a suitable topic for social conversation, and that the spiritual beliefs and activities of others must be respected.

Her attitude toward organized religion stemmed from a couple of major influences. First, she was brought up early in the Swedenborgian church. Nowadays, that small sect is an admirable model of tolerance and reason --

http://www.swedenborg.org/beliefs.cfm

But back in the 1920s, the Swedenborgian church Kit’s family attended was a different matter. As a small child in Delaware, Kit spent a lot of time with her maternal grandparents. On Sundays, she was forced to sit through long, terrifying sermons about hellfire and brimstone. Then her grandmother would read her more sermons as bedtime stories. For weeks after each visit, she would be plagued with nightmares of tormented souls swimming around in burning sulfur.

Kit’s parents were probably somewhat relieved when they moved to McCloud CA, far away from the Swedenborgian sermons. In McCloud at that time, there were only two churches, let’s call them A and B, representing two fine mainstream denominations. The Williamsons attended Church A and all seemed well. Then came Kit’s high school graduation. It was traditional for all McCloud’s graduating students to attend short services at both churches together before receiving their diplomas. The order of the services was Church A first, then Church B. As Kit told the story, the Church B folks insisted on this order because their kids needed a special blessing after their exposure to Church A’s service! I rather imagine that the two congregations coexisted happily and this insult was the farthest thing from anyone’s mind, but to Kit, it was an egregious example of petty sectarianism.

Though they did not attend church at home, Kit and Hank always tried to visit Native Hawaiian church services when they were in Hawaii. They both loved the simple sincerity of the services and the beauty of the Hawaiian church music, with its rhythmic energy, heavily influenced by 19th--century missionaries and their old-timey hymns.