Anne Van Heusen Wagener was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on Aug. 16, 1936, and went to Heaven on Sept. 17, 2017. The family moved back to California when Anne was 4 months old and lived in Palo Alto. As such she dismissed New Jersey. She was a proud Californian. Anne was a student athlete competing in many sports and in high school was
outspoken for women’s athletic abilities.
She found her life’s passion of horses, volunteering at the Stanford University’s Red Barn. She competed in horse shows/jumping competitions and placed second in the Junior Grand Nationals at the Cow Palace.
At the age of 13, Anne met her future husband, Chuck Knowles, in Pinecrest. Her years at the lake were a special time in her life. Anne graduated Palo Alto High School in 1954, graduated UC Davis in Animal Husbandry 1957, married Chuck in 1958 and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in agriculture journalism 1963. Few knew she was diagnosed in 1962 as having multiple sclerosis and she refused to let it run her life.
They moved to Twain Harte in 1963 and, in 1967, they had their son, David. Anne was an avid horseman teaching riding/jumping lessons, horseback packer in the Emigrant Wilderness, an organizer/volunteer of many community events/programs and cared greatly for people reaching their potential with horses. She worked as a switchboard operator for Sonora Community Hospital and a commissioner on the Tuolumne County Planning Commission.
Anne loved her family, especially her granddaughters, to whom she was known as Grams. She called them her grandgirls, and her great-granddaughter who she could not stop from looking at with great pride.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Winfield Wagener and Helen Wagener, of Sequim, Washington.
She is survived by her sister, Terry Wagener, of Bainbridge Island, Washington; her caring ex-husband, Chuck Knowles, of Columbia; her son, David and his wife Kimstar Knowles, of Twain Harte; granddaughters, Samantha and her husband Joey Schultz, of Sonora, and Cassidy Knowles, of Sonora; and her great-granddaughter, Harper Rose Schultz, also of Sonora.