Berit V. McAllister
March 24, 1942 - December 13, 2011
Left us on December 13 after a year-long struggle with cancer. She was a very lively, generous and attentive person who liked to be around people - and people liked to be around her. Berit had a tremendous number of friends she met through her interests in running, golf, bowling and spectator sports like football and Gonzaga basketball, especially the women's team which she followed to the very last. She enjoyed traveling with her friends to places like China, Kenya, various Caribbean islands, Alaska, Europe and around the U.S. As a result of her joy in travel photography she began a greeting card business upon her retirement which gave her a great deal of satisfaction and enlarged her circle of friends even more. More people to miss her.
She was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to Bjarne and Rigmor Johnsen on March 24, 1942 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1950. Berit received most of her schooling in Los Angeles culminating in a B.Sc. Degree from UCLA. She moved to Spokane in 1974 and worked as a grocery buyer at U.R.M. and retired after 23 enjoyable years.
Berit is survived by two stepsons, Andrew and Robert from her marriage to Andrew McAllister Sr.; and her brother, Torben Johnsen; nephew, Arvid Johnsen and family; and uncles and cousins in Denmark and Norway. Berit wished to express her appreciation to all those that were such a help during her illness including the nursing staffs at Cancer Care and Hospice. Rather than a memorial service she chose to have a final birthday celebration this year in which she could participate and share with those she loved. In her memory donations can be made to favorite charities, or to Second Harvest, which Berit supported.
Berit V. McAllister
Berit was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on March 24, 1942 – Died on December 13, 2011 in Spokane.
Joined the BRRC in June of 1989.
Joined Strides of March at the inception of the program on March 1, 1999
As of June 30, 2011 Berit added 3 more States for a total of 26 States and 8,796 miles
Berit ran 26 Bloomsdays, the last one in 2010.
Berit loved to travel and was a great travel arranger. She traveled all over the world including China, Africa, Europe and all over the U.S., and she would try to find races wherever she went.
Just a few of the places where Berit ran are:
New York City Marathon
Mayor’s Midnight Half Marathon in Anchorage, AK
Humboldt Redwood Half Marathon – 10 times
Coeur d’Alene Half Marathon
2 races in Denmark: The Great Bridge Run where a new bridge between 2 islands was just opened and the race was organized before the route was open to the public, plus a race that went from just outside the Copenhagen Airport to Sweden
Berit had many running adventures, the BRRC Strides of March was something she really enjoyed participating in. It fit with her traveling and adventurous lifestyle.