Obituaries: Anita Isabella D. Stancil(1907-2008)

July 26, 2008 12:00 am
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Anita Isabella D. Stancil, 100, died July 22 of natural causes.

She was born Sep. 2, 1907 to Manuel D. Swartz and Maud Johanna Pomin in San Francisco. Anita lived most of her life in California. One of her sons resides in Crescent City.

Anita was able to dance to the Charleston but didn't think of herself as a flapper. She snacked on Oreo cookies when they first came on the market and enjoyed the Peanuts cartoon strip when it was first published. She had fun with hula hoops.

As a young girl, Anita lived off-and-on in Oakland and Lake Tahoe. In Oakland she worked at Cardinet Candy Company. In Lake Tahoe she worked in a laundry.

Anita married George Irvin Stancil March 7, 1931. She enjoyed hiking, camping, rock collecting, crocheting, knitting and making all kinds of crafts with her husband, Irvin.

He preceded her in death in November 1988.

She has one son, Daryl Stancil of Crescent City, and one daughter, Doloras Stowe of Sierra Vista, Ariz. She was a grandmother of five to Deborah Stowe Gearty (Mike) of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Rebecca Stowe Gomes (deceased), Michael Stowe of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Stephen Stowe (Barbara) of Raymond, Wash., and Tracy Stancil Atwood (Dustin) of Katy, Texas. Anita also was a great-grandmother of eight to Sean Gearty, Kelly Gearty, Andrew (Rojas) Stowe, Melanie Stowe, Shauna Tungate, Norman Tungate, Derek Atwood and Sierra Atwood.

Born in San Francisco just after the Great Quake, Anita lived a century of great innovation and turmoil.

Anita's memorial service will be held at the Chapel of the Pines, 2855 Cold Springs Road in Placerville on Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Westwood Hills Cemetery beside her beloved husband, Irvin.