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Anne Louise Wallace

April 01, 2011

Anne Louise Wallace, the second
daughter of Ella and William Wallace, was
born on August 19, 1922 in Cleveland,
Ohio. She died on February 28, 2011
in her home in La Canada at 88 years
of age.
Anne grew up in Cleveland during the
Great Depression. She was the fi rst
person in her family to go to college,
graduating from Ohio State University with bachelor and
master degrees in home economics. There she met her
future husband, Alex who was working toward a doctorate
in chemical engineering. They married in 1942. Anne taught
high school until they moved to Wisconsin to run a plant
that produced lactose for growing penicillin mold. After
their three daughters were born, synthetic penicillin became
available, and the family moved to Los Angeles.
In 1959, they settled in La Canada when Alex took a position
at JPL. As she raised her daughters, Anne was active in
Girl Scouts and the La Canada Presbyterian Church. She
was an avid sewer and gardener, and enjoyed hiking in the
Sierras with Alex. In 1962, she became a feminist after
reading Betty Freidan’s The Feminine Mystique. It was
through her encouragement that each of her daughters
earned degrees in Medicine or Law. Anne herself, took
classes to renew her teaching credential, and resumed her
teaching career in the Pasadena School District. She was
an outstanding teacher who was devoted to her students.
The year before she retired, she was recognized with the
Distinguished Teacher Award by the Verdugo Hills Hospital
Association.
In the years after her retirement, Anne was able to further
pursue her love for traveling. She enjoyed several vacations
with Alex in their beloved Hawaii, as well as trips with her
daughters, friends or Elder Hostel to England, Europe, Egypt,
Israel, Turkey, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand and Bali.
Anne was the central figure in her extended family. She
played an active role in the up-bringing of her grandchildren
and is remembered by each with special fondness. In
2003, after several major surgical procedures, Delmy
Valencia, her caregiver, moved in with Anne. They had a
wonderful time together laughing often and traveling to
her grandchildrens’ graduations and daughter’s ranch in
Northern California.
Anne was kind, caring, generous and fun-loving. She was
a true intellectual - a life-long learner who was fascinated
by world events and politics. She was the perfect listener
for her family and friends. In her final weeks, she expressed
gratitude for having lived such a wonderful life.
Preceded in death by Alex and her sister, Jean Norman,
Anne leaves behind her daughters, Jeanne, Marjorie and
Sandra Wallace, her sons-in law, Andrew Deutsch and
Michael Frankel, four grandchildren, Peter, Phillip and
Dana Deutsch, and Stephanie Greenwood-Wallace and a
niece Judy Buttrick. A memorial service was held March
8 at Forest Lawn – Glendale.

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