Anita Ray Gorder, age 74, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2013, at DCH Regional Medical Center, near her home in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Anita loved life and will be remembered by all who knew her for her warm, caring, giving nature and for a sense a humor that always brought a smile to those who surrounded her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Pearl McMamaman.
She is survived by her husband, C. Tom Gorder of Tuscaloosa; daughters Susan Miller Barnes (Jeffrey) of Teays Valley, W.Va. and Cynthia G. Thomas (Michael) of Deadwood, S.D.; granddaughter Lauren E. Miller of Lexington, Ky.; grandson Trevor M. Barnes of Teays Valley, W.Va.; sister Vera Rowell of Fort Worth, Texas; and brother Leo McManaman of Dayton, Ohio.
Anita was born on June 27, 1938, in Harrison, Ohio, was raised in Dayton, Ohio, and before moving to Tuscaloosa, Ala. in 1997, lived in Middletown, Ohio, for 17 years and Ashland, Ky., for 14 years.
She was an ardent University of Alabama sports enthusiast, an avid Master Gardener and an eager volunteer in a variety of organizations that included her church, Meals on Wheels, PEO International, Paramount Women's Association and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Guild.
The family celebrates Anita's ascension into heaven to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and invites friends to commemorate her life at a funeral service on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. The service will be held in the Westervelt-Warner Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Greensboro, Ave., Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35401, with Dr. Charles Durham officiating. Visitation from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. will precede the service. She will be laid to rest in Oakridge Cemetery in the beautiful Black Hills of S.D., which she loved so much. Arrangements for the graveside service are pending. Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations honoring Anita be made to the Parkinson's Association of Alabama, P.O. Box 590146, Birmingham, AL 35259.
Condolences may be offered at www.heritagechapeltuscaloosa.com.