Anne Trandal grew up in Lynnwood and graduated from Edmonds High School in 1949. She worked at Everett Community College Library until the 1987 library fire created issues with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). She moved to Whidbey Island, away from higher pollution and traffic, and started an MCS group with close friends Diane and Marilyn. She continued part-time work as a librarian, first with Sno-Isle and later at the Freeland Library.
Anne provided housing for many students in her home while at Everett Community College. She especially supported Tibetan students whom she met through Thupten Duncheunstang and years later his nephew, Rigzin Gyapontsang. Her respect, educational support and generosity for the Tibetan community led eventually to her meeting the Dalai Lama, a great honor and highlight in her life and represented by a scarf blessed by him placed atop a mural in her home. Anne further helped others in the community that needed help with food, housing, being social, or assistance when they were sick, and would visit and keep in touch until they were well. An accomplished baker and cook, it was always a special treat to be invited to share a meal or tea time with her.
Anne was especially was committed to the “Third Opinion” newsletter and helping others with MCS. She was widely read and a skilled storyteller. People surrounded her and got great joy and extensive insights from her wonderfully woven tales. Anne loved books, her log homes, celebrations, her poodles and her friends. She reached out to people of the world, especially young adult students, and remembered birthdays, anniversaries and highly valued her acquaintances. Anne celebrated life on a daily basis and shared with all around her, inspiring them to reach out to others as well.
A memorial was held for Anne at Whidbey Memorial in Oak Harbor. She will be greatly missed by so many who loved her.