December 17, 2013
Gertrude Risdon, a longtime resident of Issaquah, passed away Dec. 12, 2013, one week after her 89th birthday. An incredibly caring and devoted mother, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Those who knew her loved her.
She was born Gertrude Christina Anderson on Dec. 5, 1924, the daughter of Signe and Edward Anderson. She had three younger siblings, Edward Jr., Helen and Inez. In her early years, she lived in Ballard. This was during the Great Depression, which left a lasting impression and shadow of her family’s hard times.
In 1937, she moved to Tolt (Carnation), where her family bought a dairy farm. She graduated from Tolt High School in 1943.