Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Anita McFadden, age 94, of Meas, AZ, passed away Dec. 4, 2010 at home of natural causes.
Anita was born in Hayden, CO of Luna Faucett and Robert Harry Allen. She grew up on a ranch in Hayden, attended one-room schoolhouses and graduated from Hayden Union High School on May 6, 1931. As a gifted musician, she played a piano solo at her graduation. At age 15 she went on to attend Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State Univ.) in Ft. Collins then transferred to Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado where she studied music and education and received her B.A. in 1937. She was active in the Delta Delta Delta sorority and recently received an acknowledgement for her 75 years as a member. After college, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Mt. Harris, CO, which is now a ghost town.
She moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado where she met our father, Dr. C.W. McFadden (“Doc”). They were married there on Aug.20, 1938. She worked as a secretary, was very active in the Eastern Star and Beta Sigma Phi honorary sorority.
After having two daughters, she taught history, English, shorthand and typing at Garfield County High School. In her forties, she received her Masters in Library Science from the University of Denver.
She took up golf in her forties and played in tournaments throughout Colorado. She loved to compete and became very accomplished at the game. She was an active member of Pinewood Country Club and Apache Wells Country Club and served as officers of both. She played into her 90’s. In addition to golf, she played bridge her entire life and played her last game two months before she died.
She loved to travel, and she saw almost every state and most European countries.
In her 80’s she went to Peru and took a boat trip down the Amazon, perhaps her most favorite trip of all.
After our Dad died in 1987, she moved full-time to Arizona, spending winters in Apace Wells in Mesa and summers in Pinewood in Munds Park.
She was a vibrant, interesting, fun-loving, dedicated, supportive Mom. One of her friends described her as a “grand lady”, and she was. We had many wonderful girls trips together, and we will miss her spirit.
Anita is survived of daughters, Maggie Edwards and Ann Tucker, both of Phoenix, AZ.
Also of her Grandchildren: Morgan Tucker, Alex Edwards and Bill Reynolds.
A Memorial service will be held on Jan. 23, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Apache Well Country Club.
In her memory, contributions may be made to the Arizona Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85041.
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