Dr. Cindy Riley Anderson, DVM

The Enterprise Obituary

Originally published in The Enterprise, Sunday, August 3, 2008, Cindy's obituary is reprinted below. To view the original at the paper's site, click here.

Cindy Anderson

Cindy Riley Anderson, died Thursday, July 24, 2008, at her home in White Salmon. She was born March 20, 1950, in Rochester, N.Y., to Jean Riley Anderson and Lewis Bruce Anderson.

She grew up in Billings, Mont., where her favorite hours were spent riding her horse Flag atop the rimrocks north of town. This led to a love of animals and a desire to be a veterinarian. After graduating from Brighton High School in Rochester, N.Y., she attended Reed College in Portland, Ore., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. While at Washington State University in Pullman, she obtained both a master of science in nutrition and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

While at Reed she met her future husband William R. Mason. After graduating from WSU, she was an anatomy instructor at the Kansas State University vet school in Manhattan where he was a student.

Mrs. Anderson practiced veterinary medicine in Port Orchard, Battle Creek, Mich., and Missoula, Mont., before earning a doctor of philosophy in veterinary physiology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. She then practiced in Whitehouse Station, N.J., for 10 years before moving to Parkdale, and working at vet practices in Hood River and Bingen. In retirement, she volunteered for the Rowena Wildlife Clinic and Catlink, spaying and neutering feral cats.

Concerned with social justice, Mrs. Anderson was an active member of the Klickitat County Democratic Party, serving as the precinct committee officer of Fruit Valley. She was also a delegate to the Democratic State Platform Caucus and would have been a state convention delegate had she not been diagnosed with liver cancer in June.

Her favorite relaxation was a walk at Catherine Creek with her beloved dog, L-Man. She also enjoyed active sports including biking and in-line skating, particularly while listening to Bruce Springsteen. She was an enthusiastic reader, her favorites being Jane Austen, Margaret Drabbel and Noam Chomsky.

From the time her liver cancer was discovered to her death six weeks later, many friends expressed their grief at her tragedy. She would reply that succumbing to chronic fatigue syndrome at the age of 30 was more unfortunate as it encumbered her for most of her adult life. In recent years, she found vindication as chronic fatigue syndrome began to be recognized by the medical community.

She was always popular with vet clinic clients for the special care she took with patients and their people. She will also be remembered for her readiness to make time for old friends and new acquaintances and her delightful sense of humor. She found joy and significance all around her and something to like in everyone and everything.

She is survived by Bill Mason, husband of 28 years of White Salmon, her sisters Kitty Jones of Lebanon, Ore., and Julia Bond of St. George, Vt.; and brothers David and Jeff Anderson of Red Lodge, Mont. Also surviving are nieces Mariah Grace Fu Jones of Lebanon, Ore., and Jessamin Anderson of Brooklyn, N.Y. Nephews include Jasper Anderson of Red Lodge, Mont., and Matthew Bond of St. George, Vt.

A sharing and celebration of her life will be held at the Mountain View Grange at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 8.

Memorials may be made to the Rowena Wildlife Clinic, 6900 Hwy 30, The Dalles, Ore. 97058.