Author pens ‘Awesome Journey’

Wife finishes husband’s memoirs as new book recounts murder trial, years working as pastor

“Our Awesome Journey” by Albert and Aimee Anderson

A former Sequim woman closed a chapter in her life recently by completing her and her husband’s memoirs.

“Our Awesome Journey” by Albert and Aimee Anderson, 78, was a collaboration between the husband and wife until his death March 9, 2013, at age 83.

The memoir of their love story, faith and time pastoring came at the prompting of their six children, Aimee Anderson said.

“Finishing it was part of my grieving process,” she said. “Our kids wanted it for years and I felt it was a chapter that needed to be closed.”

Albert Anderson died one month before they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.

The couple met in Walla Walla on a family farm where they worked. They pastored nine different churches in Washington including the Sequim Assembly of God, now Sequim Worship Center, for four years in the 1970s. They also founded the Olympic Gospel Tabernacle, which later closed.

Aimee said they moved from the Ridgefield area to Sequim because the local church had an opening. Now the Sequim church is pastored by her niece Marilyn’s husband Dave Westman.

Aimee said she has fond memories of Sequim.

“Everywhere we’ve gone, I’ve made it a home,” she said. “I’m an upbeat type of person.”

One saddening part of their memories is the murder of their close friends Ron and Wanda Buck near Sequim on Sept. 3, 1971.

Albert recounts his experiences in this book while Aimee actually wrote a memoir “Broken, Yet Triumphant” in 1983 about it.

“I tried to contact her for five days before going out to their house,” Aimee said.

That’s where they found their friends, victims of murder.

The trial lasted five days, Aimee said, and she was the second witness on the stand that eventually found one man, John V. Carothers, guilty of two counts of murder and one count robbery.

She and Albert dealt with their friends’ deaths and other tribulations by turning to God.

Through their years, they co-authored five other books together — “Sunshine Through Clouds,” their first book a courtroom drama, and four church crime corruption stories “Whited Sepulchres,” “A Generation of Vipers,” “White Collar Crime in the Church” and “Grand Jury Mystery.”

A fictitious movie called “Assembly” loosely based on the Andersons’ lives will be released soon, she said, but couldn’t reveal more information at producers’ requests.

Following her husband’s death, she remarried on June 10 this year to Beryl Baker and moved to Deer Park.

For copies of her books, including “Our Awesome Journey,” local book stores can order copies and they are online in print and digitally through online sellers.

 

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