Filled with boundless energy, a love for her family, gardening, and God, a Sequim woman succumbed to injuries she sustained while walking in a crosswalk after attending a recent Saturday night mass.
Lorraine (Reandeau) Anderson, 89, was hospitalized along with her sister JoVonne Lingvall, 87, after they were struck by a vehicle around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in front of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St.
Family members confirmed Anderson later died at 3:45 a.m. Nov. 18, at Olympic Medical Center.
“Mom took a brunt of the hit and JoVonne was clipped, but both were thrown,” said Debbie Thompson, Anderson’s daughter.
Lingvall was later airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for brain bleeding but released and is now recuperating at home with a cracked bone in a leg, Thompson said.
Sgt. Mike Hill of the Sequim Police Department said the case remains open as they await potential video footage of the incident to see if the unnamed 41-year-old driver will be charged criminally or if it’s deemed “an unfortunate accident.”
The unnamed man was issued a traffic violation for “failure to yield at a crosswalk.”
Hill said that, according to witnesses, the driver was traveling at a relatively low speed and church parishioners helped with medical aid.
Thompson said another aunt witnessed the tragedy occur.
“People who witnessed it were very traumatized,” she said.
Anderson moved to Sequim from the Dakotas with her family around age 8, Thompson said. She was raised in Sequim and spent her married life in Port Angeles mostly as a homemaker with her husband Bill Anderson, who died about 15 years ago.
Anderson returned to Sequim as a widow and remained active, Thompson said.
“She was vibrant and loved life,” her daughter said. “She was stable and enjoying life and her independence.”
Thompson said family and friends would describe her mom as “spicy,” “lively,” and “if she came into the room she came in loud.”
Anderson attended St. Joseph’s for years and Saturday nigh mass was a common routine, family said.
“She had literally just left (Mass) and was walking across,” Thompson said.
Prior to the collision, Anderson had battle cancer for two years, she said.
She finds that aspect of her mom’s tragedy hardest to take in because Anderson had rallied so hard to recover.
“We see it as if she was given a period of grace to have the most amazing summer and fall,” Thompson said.
In previous years, Anderson liked to hike, dance and work in her yard.
Anderson is survived by three children Debbie, Mike and Paula. Her son Jim Anderson succumbed to cancer in June of this year. She has eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Anderson often told others, “my grandchildren and (great-grandchildren) are all beautiful and I love each and every one,” Thompson said.
Family are consulting the church about a potential funeral service with donations accepted in Anderson’s name to the Sequim parish at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St., Sequim, WA 98382. Contact the church at 360-683-6076 or email@example.com.
Parish administration said they plan to approach City of Sequim leaders about measures to make the crosswalk and Maple Street safer.