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.
Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the family
Published in The Arizona Republic from Jun. 23 to Jun. 28, 2020.