Evelyn Anderton Obituary, Death – Evelyn Anderton, a beloved Eugene resident of 47 years, passed away on September 2nd, 2023, at the age of 77. Born in San Francisco on June 19, 1946, she was the eldest of six siblings, preceded in death by brothers Peter, John, and Kit. She leaves behind her cherished wife, Janet Anderson, with whom she shared 37 years of love, as well as her sisters, Mary and Joan.
Evelyn held a degree in English from U.C. Berkeley and dedicated her life to helping others. She began her career teaching essential life and job skills to developmentally disabled adults. Her commitment to social causes led her to become the Executive Director of Womenspace and the founder of the Domestic Violence Council, uniting law enforcement leaders to combat violence against women. She also served as the president of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and raised funds for the mentally ill and homeless populations at Sheltercare.
An ardent activist, Evelyn marched for peace, justice, and women’s rights, leading the local chapter of Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament. She was a proud feminist, symbolized by her cherished yellow t-shirt from 1982, bearing the words “Women Take Back the Night! Statewide March.” Evelyn was not only an advocate but also a dancer who brought joy to the Eugene Celebration Parade. In retirement, she continued to contribute her knowledge and experience to various important causes, serving as a Good Samaritan Minister, board president for several organizations, and even co-authoring two books on domestic violence education.
Her love extended to children, teaching and nurturing their creative interests. She was known affectionately as “The Giant Ant” to her nieces and nephews. Evelyn’s adventurous spirit shone through when she took up Dressage at age 54, outperforming students much younger than her. Evelyn and Janet explored the world together, visiting countries like the USSR, China, Iran, and many others, while also hosting international guests and students in their Eugene home.
Evelyn was known for her understanding and respectful nature, a superb listener who could sway even those with differing opinions. Her kindness, joyfulness, wisdom, and healing laughter left an indelible mark on her wide circle of friends. Her passing is mourned by the entire community, as she played a pivotal role in shaping Eugene. A Celebration of Life in her honor will be held on September 27th at 5:00 pm at the Performing Arts Center, Lane Community College Main Campus. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Womenspace (Hope and Safety Alliance) at P.O. Box 50127, Eugene, OR, are appreciated. Evelyn’s legacy of compassion and advocacy will continue to enrich the community she loved.