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Anita G. Childers


06/26/1918 - 12/15/2014 Obituary
Anita G. Childers Obituary
Anita Childers lived a full life surrounded by her friends and family. She realized her wish to live independently in her own home until her death December 15, 2014 at the age of 96. You were always in for a surprise when you visited, as she loved to move her prized antiques around on a regular basis in her beautifully decorated home.
She was a loving wife to Thurman, mother to her three girls and Grandma to eight grandchildren and GG to ten great-grandchildren.
But Nita's family did not end there. She was a friend and confidant to hundreds throughout the years who thought of her as a second mom or grandma. You always knew you would get the truth from her if you asked for advice.
Nita McLean Childers was born in Goldwaite, Texas, June 26 ,1918 to Sam and Stella McLean. She was one of nine sisters and three brothers, one sister Mickey McLean Foley, 94 remains. In the twenties her family left Texas as her father worked for Southern Pacific Railway living in Fresno in a boxcar. Later the family would settle in Caliente, California located in foothills outside of Bakersfield where exploring and embracing the depression as a large family was a daily task.
Nita grew up in a one room schoolhouse where her teaching talents were put to work at the age of eight.
In high school, she met the love of her life, Thurman Childers. They enjoyed a 67 year marriage before he passed away in 2006.
Nita's first love was the Lord and she was quick to remind those around her of that in her later years.
Nita never stopped learning. An avid reader she was proud to say she had the time to read two to three books a week. Thank you Tulare County Library for your large print book section.
Nita had a special place in her heart for preschoolers and convinced Central Church of Christ in the early sixties that 2 year old could attend Sunday School. Teaching Sunday school was one of her favorite things in her life. Creative, animated and full of life, Nita started hundreds of youngsters on a life with God at the center. Her only regret was she didn't become a schoolteacher. She would comment into her nineties, "if I were a few years younger I would work at a preschool".
Nita was not only a collector of antiques, but people. Her close circle of friends and their children enriched her life, as she did theirs right up to the end. Always thinking of others, she would thank her caregivers and family for each small comfort. Many thanks to her lifelong friends from Bakersfield who continued to enrich her life in the last ten years, Helen, Carlene, Connie and Jo, your visits and calls were the highlights of her day.
Each day was a day to be celebrated and lived to the fullest. She was always up to help others, plan a wedding, organize a fundraiser,give a hug, mop a floor or just be a listening ear after her morning chores were complete.
Nita is survived by her three daughters Lynda Girtsman, Nina Clancy and Sandee Childers, her sons in law Steve Girtsman and Michael Clancy. Her grandchildren and their families: Jeff, Linda, Carson and Jonathan Gunter , Jeremy Jill, Todd and Jade Hayes, Terri and Heather Girtsman, David, Jennifer, Ella and Avry Girtsman, John, Nikki and Jack Clancy, Jennifer, Art, Niko, and Popi Moss, Matt, Nikki and Molly Clancy, Maddy, David and Annabella Medley
Nita requested that no service be held, but did give permission for a garden to be built in her honor.
On Saturday, February 28th between 10:00am-3:00pm, please join with her family and friends to plant flowers, a bush, or tree in Nita's honor. Visalia Montessori School, 3502 South Linwood Visalia CA. For details or questions, call Nina (559) 280-4651, Sandee, (408) 570-0607 or Lynda, (805) 648-1744.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 14, 2015
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