Catherine Joy Anderson
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Trinity Memorial Anglican Church in Lone Pine for Catherine Joy (Spainhower) Anderson. A lunch reception for family and friends will follow the service at the Parish Hall.
Born Nov. 26, 1918 in Los Angeles to Russel and Kate Spainhower of Lone Pine, Joy died March 22, 2011.
Joy and her sister, Jean, spent their childhood in Lone Pine as their parents created the Anchor Ranch, which would become an integral piece of history for the community and the valley. The family spent summers in the Sierra, riding, fishing and moving cattle with other Owens Valley ranching families.
Joy graduated from Lone Pine High School at the age of 16, and then went to Mills College in Oakland, where she would spend five years obtaining her BA degree and a secondary teaching credential. She returned to Lone Pine where she would teach at the high school for four years.
In 1943 Joy earned a private pilot’s license and was accepted for training as a WASP (Women’s Air Force Service Pilot), but the program was closed before she could enter. In August of 1944 she enlisted in the Women’s Air Force and served as a Private First Class in the Flight Control Tower at March Field for a year before attending Officer’s Candidate School in Des Moines, Iowa. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Women’s Air Corps and worked as a military personnel officer and squadron commander at Hunter Field, Ga., Mac Dill Field, Fla. and Langley Field, Va. until October 1946.
After leaving the service, Joy moved back to California and became a teacher at Burroughs High School in China Lake where she met Earl Wayne Anderson, a physicist for the Naval Ordnance Test Station. They married in 1948 and raised two daughters, Catherine Carroll and Jean Gay, who attended school in China Lake but spent weekends and summers on the Anchor Ranch in Lone Pine. Joy devoted her time to her family and the ranch as well as volunteering in many organizations.
She served on school boards, PTA, AAUW, garden clubs, Girl Scouts and museum boards. She was also the organist for Trinity Church for more than 50 years.
Joy and Wayne moved to Lone Pine permanently after his retirement in 1975 and remained active in the community and on the ranch. Her greatest pleasures came from time spent with her family on the ranch and staying involved in the ranch operations. Joy’s memories of her childhood, her students, her service experiences and her family remained sharp and vivid throughout her life.
Joy was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; and her daughter, Catherine.
Joy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Lew Crispin of Lone Pine; grandson and his wife, Gabe and Sarah Fogarty; great-grandchildren, Thomas and Rissa Fogarty; nephews, Tom Russ and John Pat Noland; and niece, Jerre Noland; and their children, Jason Olin, Katie, Gregory, Patrick and Russell Noland and Amy Hannah.
Donations in honor of Joy’s memory may be sent to the Friends of the Eastern California Museum, P.O. Box 33, Independence, CA 93526 or the Lone Pine Film History Museum, P.O. Box 111, Lone Pine, CA 93545.