Wendy Dawn Anderton, who had just turned 57, was taken from us too soon after a short but courageous battle with cancer in the early morning hours of August 13, 2022. She was born August 3, 1965 in Salt Lake City, Utah for Robert Dean Anderton and Jacqueline Krause. Her parents divorced when she was very young and she was raised by a single father, an unusual situation at that time. When her father remarried, Wendy acquired a mother and sister, Peggy and Annalisa, with whom she became – and remained – very close throughout her life. Wendy lived a life of great adventures, from her days as a mid-80s SLC punk kid to President and CEO of a non-profit organization focused on global understanding, her reach and knowledge were vast. . She was a world traveler who took the time to truly engage with the people and places she visited. From Africa to Europe via the United States, Wendy has not only accumulated acquaintances, but above all friends. Wendy’s adventures brought her to the Phoenix area over 25 years ago. She became an avid community participant and made meaningful friendships that became like family. Her most important relationship started as a friendship that turned into love, and on March 10, 2019, she married her soulmate, Heather Ayres, in the home they created together. With Heather, Wendy found the love and acceptance she had sought and so deserved. Wendy has never met an animal she didn’t like. She and Heather led a rescue of guinea pigs into their home, and their menagerie also included dogs, cats, rats, birds, and any other creature that needed her (including humans). Her adventurous life blossomed into domestic bliss in her final decade, and those of us who were lucky enough to be loved by her were able to witness her true happiness. She is survived by her wife, Heather Ayres, her mother, Peggy Anderton, and her sisters, Annalisa Holcombe and Marijane Clements Smith. She also leaves to mourn all of the extended family and friends she loved dearly, as well as the many pets who brought her great joy. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, August 20 from 1-4 p.m. at 343 E. El Parque Drive, Tempe, AZ. You can honor his commitment to human connection by donating to GlobalTiesArizona.org/Give.
Posted August 18, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic
343 E. El Parque Drive, Tempe, Arizona
August 20, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.