Anne Kathleen Tankersley
1942 - 2020
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Anne Kathleen Tankersley

Tempe - Anne Kathleen Tankersley (Kathy), 77, of Tempe passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 20, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer. Kathy was born in 1942 and raised in Pasadena California, where she met David Tankersley on Easter day 1960. They married the following September 2 in Pasadena. Kathy and family moved a few times, including Zirndorf Germany during David's deployment, Dallas (& Garland) Texas, Santa Clara California, and Toulouse France before settling into her home of 40 years in Tempe. She is survived by her children Scott Tankersley, Vicki Butler, and Michael Tankersley; grandchildren Miles Fuller and Emma Fuller; brother Jeff Mix and sister Lina (David) Koch; brother-in-law Randy Clark and sister-in-law Cindy (Keith) Rodawalt; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Kathy is preceded in death by husband David in 2003; parents Jane Mix and Gail Mix; parents-inlaw Margie Clark and Ernest 'Red' Clark, and brother-in-law Larry Clark. Kathy's introduction is remembered fondly by David's family. Upon moving in with them in Dallas while David was deployed overseas, Kathy was deemed hard to understand at first because of her California accent and 'machine-gun speed' talking style. But she handled her new environment with grace and aplomb, and quickly won over everyone with her friendliness and charm, which everyone all grew to love. In recent years, she particularly enjoyed reading, playing iPad games, and spending time at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center where she joined many exercise and craft classes, making numerous new friends including close friends Mary Murphy and Margo Berger. Friend and neighbor Carol Winer would carpool with Kathy to Pyle, and Kathy regularly lunched with 40-year friends and former neighbors Shirley Cooper, Mary Golightly, and Kay Cloud. Always enjoying creative outlets, Kathy has pursued numerous crafts and hobbies over the years such as crocheting highly-prized yarn blankets for her children, cross-stitching, tin punching, custom dolls and bears, crocheted doilies, charm bracelets, and annual Christmas decorating. On the cooking side her sausage gravy with biscuits was a common and lifelong meal request by her sons, and her many varieties of Christmas cookies were an eagerly anticipated annual treat. Kathy's kind, compassionate heart and infectious laughter will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jun. 23 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 8, 2020
Kathy has been in my life since the day I was born. I loved her very much, and was so lucky to have her as my sister-in-law. She was such a loving person, and our family loved her from the moment we met her. I am so glad we got to spend time together in Colorado a few years back, just wish we could have done it one more time. I remember going to see her and Bubba every year, and always looked forward to spending that time with them. I take great comfort in knowing she is once again with him again. I love you Kathy, forever and always!
Cindy Rodawalt
July 2, 2020
I still cant believe she is gone. Every time I saw Kathy or talked to her she was always laughing and she was such a positive woman. Im so glad I got to speak to her before she passed, every time one of my flowers bloom I think of her. She told me how much she loved all my flower photos.
I always thought she was so cool, I remember when I first saw her butterfly tattoo I always wanted one because of hers! Im going to miss her.
Danny Manion
July 2, 2020
Our sweet mom was living her best life. She was vary active. Enjoying yoga classes everyday and looked forward to having lunch with friends or family regularly.
The last thing she told me was that she loved everyone.
Dear mom, Your guidance and love are still with me and always will be.
June 29, 2020
I cant believe shes gone. I miss her laugh. When we got her laughing
sometimes, she was so beautiful. Her laugh was infectious and so joyful.
It spread to everyone close by. I miss her dearly.
June 29, 2020
Eileen and I cant believe shes gone. She always raised our spirits. She was so loving, fun, and happy, every time we saw her. She was a lot like our mom. Just too hard to believe, theyre both gone now, but well see them again! ❤
June 29, 2020
I love and miss my sister she was the center of our family. Always open and loving and always talk to her. We always laughed together! See you again!

Lina koch
June 27, 2020
We so enjoyed her presence at Pyle adult recreation center in several of the yoga classes there. Blessings and comfort to you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 26, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
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