FIRST DAY – Baranof Elementary School paraprofessional Brooke Rivera helps kindergartner Andrei Kyrie Joaquin find his class as children line up for school this morning. Today was the first day of school for a third of the kindergarten class, which was divided into three groups. The final group of kindergartners begins school Monday. (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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