December 17, 1948 – April 23rd, 2018
Our beloved Maribeth passed away on April 23, 2018, at Tahoe Forest Hospital,surrounded by family. Maribeth was successfully fighting cancer, but an infection claimed her to the shock of all. Everyone who knew MB witnessed her courageous and exhausting battles against illness. Despite these challenges, Maribeth rose above the relentless struggle to brighten and enrich the lives of everyone around her.
Maribeth was born December 17, 1948, and grew up in Sacramento along with her siblings: Cheryl, John, Kris, and Patrick. Raised Catholic, she graduated from Saint Francis High School. Her young adult life drew her to Capitola, where family and career emerged from her life by Monterey Bay. Her marriage to Jim Anderson immersed her in the life of music and brought her children: Moorea and Ian, the greatest gifts of her life. Maribeth loved being a mother more than anything – except maybe being a grandmother to Evie. Her friends called her the “baby whisperer” because of her exceptional ability to quietly calm little ones.
While initially drawn to education – a path she would return to – she evolved toward family therapy, earning a Masters’ Degree at Lone Mountain College (now USF). Marriage, children, and professional life guided her young family north to Marin and eventually Santa Rosa. Being deeply involved with her children’s life and learning, she returned to education. After teaching several years in Santa Rosa’s Rincon Valley district, she moved to Truckee to start a new personal and professional adventure in education with her soon-to-be husband, Brian.
Over the years, Maribeth and Brian shared life with a rare total compatibility and deep love. They were true partners in every aspect of their lives. Brian brought adventure, curiosity, and a love of dogs; Maribeth brought compassion, creativity, and a love of cooking. They both embraced the magic of water, light, and life. Together, they built a relationship that many considered exceptionally balanced and authentic. Throughout their time together, Brian kept lovingly pushing MB to overcome her health challenges and to embrace a quality life.
Maribeth had a unique passion for creating memorable experiences for others. Whether organizing bike parades for neighborhood children, fully-costumed pirate parties for young friends, or making literature come to life for her students, Maribeth utilized her spectacular rapport with children to make happiness and wonder bloom. Her adult cookie-making parties were legendary, and her sincere belief in Santa Claus always transformed Christmas into pure magic for anyone lucky enough to step into her home over the holidays.
A lifelong dream realized, MB truly embraced Truckee as the home of her heart for the last eighteen years. Maribeth loved Truckee not just for its breathtaking beauty, but for the genuine sense of true community
Please join us in celebration of Maribeth’s life on Saturday, June 2, 2018, 1:00 PM at Alder Creek Middle School in Truckee.