Anita Wilkins Nevitt, 67, of Mount Washington, finished her vacation here on Earth to return to her heavenly father Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at her residence.
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She was a devout Christian and an accomplished artist. She was affectionately referred to as the "Bird Lady of Okolona," where she raised and rehabilitated injured birds. She moved to Virginia in 1967 to be with her future husband. She married John William Nevitt Jr. on Oct. 7, 1967, at Pohick Episcopal Church, in Lorton, Va., where George Washington was a founding member. While in Virginia, she worked for Central Armature as a receptionist, Value Engineering as a secretary and then for the Department of the Army, doing morning reports at Building T7 at Washington National Airport.
When her son, John William Nevitt III, was born in 1969, she decided to be a full-time mom and homemaker. She moved back to Louisville in 1973 because Washington, D.C., did not agree with her. She set up homemaking in Okolona in a starter home and lived there for 23 years, until she found her dream home in 1996 in Mount Washington.
While in Kentucky, she worked for many years with children with dyslexia and other special needs, as a teacher and tutor in many different programs.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Slayton Hall; and a brother, Phillip Wayne Wilkins.
She is survived by her husband of almost 46 years, John William Nevitt Jr.; a son, John William (Erin) Nevitt III of Jeffersontown; two sisters, Patricia (Claude) Reynolds and Elena Gayle Lile, all of Louisville; a brother, Benny (Theresa) Wilkins of Louisville; two grandchildren, Molly Renee Nevitt and John William "Will" Nevitt IV; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
The funeral is at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 22, at Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home in Magnolia with the Rev. Jim Goff officiating. Burial follows in Mount Zion Separate Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation continues at 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home
31 E and Lavenia Lane
Magnolia, KY 42757
Published in The News-Enterprise on Sept. 22, 2013