GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Anita Anderson

Anita Anderson

Anita Anderson passed away April 2 from cancer at her home in Port Orchard, Wash.,  surrounded by family.

She was 63. 

She was born Dec. 23, 1953, in Sitka, the fourth child of Clinton and Alice (Brown) Holmes. 

In 1965 she moved with her family to Port Orchard, Wash. She graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1972. She loved horseback riding in those years. 

She received an AA in law enforcement from Olympic College in 1976, and held several positions in civil service. In 1983 she became a journeyman Electro-Plater, working at both PSNS and IMF-Bangor. She retired in 2009. 

Anita loved doing things with her family, and really “dug” being grandma. She was a mom figure to many, and very hospitable to all she met. 

Anita is survived by her husband of 20 years, Richard Anderson; children Daniel Weber and Jennifer Parris; grandchildren Celese, Morrigan, Rowan, Anthony, Dakota and Zoey; sisters, Mauna Lehmann and Linda (Mike) LaFrance, both of Port Orchard; sisters-in-law Becky Holmes of Wasilla  and Debbie Holmes of La Mirada, California. 

Anita was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Jay D. Holmes, Marty Holmes and Ken Holmes. 


She will be missed by all who knew her, plus every casino in Western Washington.

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