10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

Priscilla Ann Anderson April 24, 1956 - April 13, 2024

Priscilla Ann Anderson

Priscilla Ann Anderson was born April 24, 1956 in the Presidio of San Francisco, CA, to Dorothy Abbod and Donald Catcott, who was serving in Korea at the time. Her childhood was spent in Olympia, WA, with her two sisters, Cherie and Elaine, and they later moved to Pomeroy, WA, where she graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1974.

Priscilla knew she wanted to pursue a career in education, and she had a passion for teaching children who had learning disabilities, so she moved to Nampa, ID to attend Northwest Nazarene College where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1978. Priscilla began her 34-year career teaching at Mary McPherson Elementary and Meridian Elementary in Meridian, ID, and went on to advance her focus on learning disabilities with a Master’s degree in Special Education from Boise State University in 1986. Later, she moved to Meridian Middle School and continued teaching until 2000 when she moved into administration, taking a role as the Principal of Chief Joseph Elementary. After six very successful years there, Priscilla decided to take on the challenge of starting a brand-new school and hiring all new staff as the Principal of Prospect Elementary, which she absolutely loved, but said she would never do again. Then, six years after opening Prospect, she retired from education and the staff named the school library after her.

During Priscilla’s sophomore year of college, she began dating Mark, and in 1977 they got married at First Church of the Nazarene in Stockton, CA, where both of their families were living at the time. Priscilla and Mark lived in Nampa while finishing college, and they were members of Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, where they forged many lifelong friendships between church and college. They built a house in Nampa after Priscilla got started in her career, and celebrated with a New Year’s Eve party, which has continued on with the same group of friends for 43 years. Their only child, Christopher, was born in 1983, and Priscilla was teaching in Meridian, so they eventually moved to a new house there in 1990 and joined Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene after they were settled in. Then in 1999, they wanted to build a home that they would enjoy long into retirement, so they chose a place they loved in Eagle, ID, and lived there for the last 25 years.

As retirement years approached, Priscilla and Mark bought a condo in McCall, ID and spent a lot of time skiing and enjoying the town with friends and family for the 10 years that they owned it, and they became well-acquainted with the McCall Church of the Nazarene during those years in their home away from home. Priscilla loved to get out and see the world, and when she retired in 2012, she and Mark dedicated time to travelling. Across the US, they went up to Vermont and New York, down to Florida and Texas, and over to Alaska and Hawaii, and saw many other places between. They were able to see much of the Caribbean and Mexico, and took longer trips to destinations around the world, with some highlights being Israel, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand, the Galapagos Islands, through the Panama Canal, and attending the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.

After retirement, Priscilla also volunteered at the Meridian Food Bank, helping with a program focused on helping children in need, and she later took on management of that program for many years. She dearly loved her two grandchildren, Evan and Violet, and spent every chance she could to attend their sports events and to make sure birthdays and holidays felt special.

Priscilla passed away on April 13, 2024, surrounded by her loving family after a brief battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, son, daughter-in-law, two sisters, and two grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City.  A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 150 W. Maestra St. in Meridian.  A private committal will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City.  A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 150 W. Maestra St. in Meridian.  A private committal will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.


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    Barbara Leeds says

    Marc, and Chris,
    Thinking of you in this saddest time. I worked with Priscilla at Meridian Middle School and later from the district level. Priscilla always put students first which is the most valued trait for an educator to have.

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    Beverly Bradford says

    Priscilla was a strong, carrying person and educator. She taught me a lot when I first came to the district. She will be missed greatly. I am sorry for your loss. Bev Bradford

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    Nan McGrath says

    So very sorry to hear of Priscilla’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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    Cousin Patty says

    Loved my sweet cousin Priscilla! She overcame so much to be the beautiful, strong, loving person she was. Loved her sense of humor and giggle. She loved her sisters, and their children, her son and husband, Mark, with her whole heart! ♥️ She will be missed but her love will forever be alive in our hearts!💕

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    Toni Allison says

    Priscilla showed her love for all children with her daily acts of caring. I greatly admired her unselfish willingness to step up to fill a need every time one presented itself. We can all be thankful for having known and loved her. Her passing is a great loss. May good memories sustain us until we meet again.

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    Helen Birch says

    “His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.”
    Phillippians :4:6
    Sincere sympathy to Priscilla’s loved ones & friends, and I was fortunate to know & work with her at West Ada School District on Central Drive. She was always so kind to me, and her warm smile made me feel like a part of her life. Please know Priscilla, how much you touched the lives of so many in the Education Field via the Meridian School District! My Love to YOU in Paradise!

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      Janelle Nelson says

      Shocking to hear of your loss of wife and mother. Many treasured memories of Priscilla’s strength, her dedication to education and children, and her love of life. Prayers of encouragement to you, Mark.

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    Priscilla is my niece and I’ve known her since she was a baby. She was a beautiful child with flaming red hair and a beautiful smile. Priscilla, her beautiful sisters and her Mom overcame very difficult circumstances while becoming the ladies that they are. They demonstrated great courage and character throughout their life and I’m proud to be their Uncle Norm. I love them. Norm Abbod

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    Max + Birtukan Tuinstra says

    It’s hard to believe Priscilla is gone. We didn’t know you as long as some of the people leaving their memories here, but you two were a beautiful couple who were great friends to Birtukan and me as we started out in our life together. We loved knowing you.

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    Tina Clark says

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your dear sweet Priscilla. She was one amazing woman. I was so lucky and blessed to work with her for a time when she subbed principal at Seven Oaks Elementary. She was always so full of life and headed to a new adventure somewhere in the world. I loved how she helped so many children and people through serving at the Food Bank in recent years. I will miss her! I’m so happy to have known her.
    Love and prayers to you all!

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    Cheryl A. Moe says

    To Priscilla’s Family and Friends,
    So sad to hear of her passing. I’ve had 3 outstanding principals in 43 years of teaching and she was at the top of the list. Truly an honor tohave been a member of her Prospect Staff.
    I so admired her faith, honesty, empathy and ability to see the clear and big picture.. Her advocacy for children’s needs always came first and never wavered. Her heart was true and an inspiration. Her smile and giggle were warm, uplifting and contagious. Priscilla made the world a better place.
    I watched her beautiful Celebration of Life service via internet
    My deepest sympathies to all who loved her.
    💞 Cheryl Moe (formerly Monson)

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