Born April 12, 1932 in Berkeley, California, Anne Mingus passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019. Anne's determination to follow her passion and her dedication to those she loved has been a thread and theme twirling throughout her life. Prior to her starting 6th grade, her family had moved to various parts of Berkeley. This move would have meant that she would have gone to a different elementary school. Anne didn't want to. So she would get herself ready and leave the house at 6am to catch two buses to get to Cragmont Elementary in Berkeley. During junior high and high school, she would spend her summers in Twain Harte with her best friend's family spending part of one of those summers daily reading to and taking care of her best friend who was fairly sick.
Anne went to Oberlin College, in Ohio, her freshman year, went to the University of Berkeley her sophomore year and then went back to Oberlin to finish her degree. She graduated from Oberlin in 1954, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After graduation from Oberlin, Anne returned to Berkeley where she landed one of her favorite jobs as the Executive Assistant for the head of Academics. She loved being in the thick of all the goings on at the university. It was a sense of pride that she was a source of information for the other Deans, who would often request what happened at this meeting, what was the decision of that meeting, all of which she could provide having taken everything down in shorthand. She never lost the desire to be close to education. Anne assisted in the elementary schools of her kids and after, all sorts of secretarial jobs around the Bay Area, her last job was in the fundraising department of Stanford University. Anne learned to dance. During high school, she would take alternative dance lessons up in the hills of Berkeley. She continued to learn and after a year at her favorite job in Berkeley, she left to follow her love of dance and became a dance instructor when the Arthur Murray Dance Studios (which are still in existence today) of Vallejo contacted her for an opportunity to replace an instructor. It is there that she met Billy, her husband and life dancing partner of 60+ years. He was a former student encouraged to come back and give it one more try as they had a new teacher. Anne was the new teacher. They met, dated and married on April 21, 1957 spending their honeymoon in Carmel, California where they spent most anniversaries since. In the early days, they moved a lot around the country for his job at the time but eventually set up roots in Los Altos. They moved from Los Altos to Groveland (Pine Mountain Lake) in 1985 to live closer to their other special place, Yosemite. They had gone to Yosemite every year since 1957 especially for Christmas. While in Pine Mountain, Anne volunteered at the Groveland Historical Society and rekindled her love of singing by becoming a member of the Pine Mountain Singers choir group. Anne never missed a special event. She never forgot a birthday, anniversary, father or mother’s day, or any other holiday in which a card could be sent and signed with "oodles and buckets" of love. She was an unsuspecting (even to herself at times) Pshaw card shark who always should have bet more. She had a hugely compassionate heart that never wavered. A compassion and love for others that was not sacrificed by but was equal to her strength and resilience. She was a friend, a confidant, a seasonal Ashland Oregon Shakespeare theater goer, singer, dancer, a loving wife, mother, and grandma/oma/nana, who loved her friends and family with every ounce of her being. Like Yosemite, her favorite place, she is many things and one; she is grand and unique, strong and gentle. She is a beloved memory and an ever-lingering song. She is love and she transcends. Anne is preceded in death by her husband Billy and is survived by: the four Ks - her four children - Kimberly Rhodes with son-in-law Greg, William “Karl” Mingus, Keri Barton, and Kory Mingus with daughter-in-law Elvira Hooijmaaijer; her four grandkids - Evan and Jennifer Rhodes, Chloe Barton, and Femke Mingus; and all her salt of the earth cousins in and around Omaha, Nebraska, especially Sarah Spire. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1pm on April 12th in the Pacific Room Chapel of Skylawn Memorial in San Mateo along Highway 92 followed by an internment in the Veteran’s Columbarium at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the charity of your choice.