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Anita Claire Whitaker

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Anita Claire Whitaker
April 11, 1946 ~ August 1, 2010

CARMEL HIGHLANDS - Anita Claire Whitaker died Sunday afternoon, August 1, 2010, at the age of 64. Daughter of Carl and Muriel Whitaker, Anita was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended grade and high school. Anita moved to Monterey in 1965 to attend Monterey Peninsula College. She then went on to the University of California at Davis where she majored in theater. After graduating, Anita was active in the Los Angeles theater for six years. Her work there included playing the lead in the world premier of Tennessee Williams' "Summer In Smoke."
Following the birth of her son, Jeremy, Anita obtained a Masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Goddard University. She established a private practice in Carmel in the early Ô80s as a family-oriented psychotherapist and play therapist. Her respect for self and others, her open-heartedness, and her steadfast willingness to examine her own life made her a valuable resource for the many hundreds of locals who sought her help.
Anita found and married her soulmate, Jerry Anderson, in 1997. She and Jerry raised their three children together in the beautiful home she created in the Carmel Highlands. Anita's family, her family of origin as well as Jerry and their children, were the most important thing in the world to Anita. She will be greatly missed by Jerry, her children, her sisters and brother, and her extended family.
Anita is survived by her husband, Jerry; her son, Jeremy; her daughters, Marika and Kim; her sisters, Nancy Whitaker-Emrich, Elaine Morgan, Lynn Scheidenhelm, and Holly Warner; her brother, Bruce Whitaker; and by her many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 7, 2010, at 1:00pm at the Monterey Conference Center, Ferrante Room on the Third Level.
Memorial contributions may be made to Healing Journeys (www.healingjourneys.org).

Published in The Monterey Herald on Aug. 5, 2010
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