Anita passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends, on October 4, 2012 at the age of 91. Born in Torreon, Mexico, she came to the U. S. when she was 18 and studied English in Berkeley, Calif. Determined to remain in the U.S., she became an American citizen and worked as a laboratory assistant in Cutter's Laboratory in Berkeley. She met her husband of 46 years, William Brewster Bishop, through mutual friends when they borrowed "Brew's" truck to drive " up to the snow." It was love at first sight for Brew. On meeting Anita he said, "I'm going to marry you." They were wed May 29, 1949. Anita and her husband lived In Berkeley where their son, William B. Bishop, Jr., was born. Several years later, the family moved to Mt. Shasta, Calif. where Brew worked for the State of California at the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery. Their daughter, Miriam, was born in Mt. Shasta. Many a family outing was spent in the cabin that Brew had built during his mining days on his ranch in Siskiyou County. The family later moved to Sonoma County where Anita's husband worked for the state at Ft. Ross State Park and later, Armstrong State Park in Guerneville, Calif. Anita taught Spanish at Stillwater Cove School for Boys in Ft. Ross and was involved in the local PTA and the Boys and Girl Scouts. Later the family moved to Guerneville where Anita taught Spanish at St. Rose Catholic School. She also was an Instructor Assistant at the Monte Rio and Guerneville schools. In addition Anita enjoyed contributing to the community. She volunteered at the Guerneville Library and was a member of the Friends of the Guerneville Library, the Russian River Senior Center, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Lioness Club, the American Red Cross, the St. Elizabeth's Guild and the St. Elizabeth's Church Choir and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Anita cultivated many wonderful Friends while living in Northern California. She enjoyed her Friend's companionship and she felt quite fulfilled and content to be involved with their many Activities. She was predeceased by her beloved husband and son. Survivors include a daughter, Miriam Bishop, of Lincoln, Calif.; two grandsons, William B. Bishop, III of Oakland, Calif., and Kenneth W. Prior, husband of Paula Sawaya Prior, of Yuba City, California; and three great grandsons, Cristian, Nicholas and Zachary Prior of Yuba City. Friends of Anita G. Bishop are invited to attend Mass and memorial service at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Guerneville, at noon, Saturday, November 10, 2012. A reception, provided by her friends and the St. Elizabeth's Guild, will follow at St. Hubert's Hall in Guerneville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Elizabeth's Guild, Friends of the Guerneville Library, the Russian River Senior Center or Saint Joseph's Memorial Hospice. Anita will always be in the thoughts of her family and friends who take solace in the reassurance that she has joined her eternal Father and family in Heaven. "For it is in death that we are born to Eternal Life." - Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 4 to Nov. 10, 2012