Anita Papritz Cole
1937 - 2021
Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills
409 Filbert Road
Lynnwood, WA

Anita Papritz Cole, age 84, of Lynnwood, Washington passed away on Wednesday, September 8th in her home surrounded by family. She had battled an aggressive cancer for the past 10 months. With her usual grace and dignity, she never complained once about her diagnosis, treatment or prognosis.

She was born on March 4, 1937 in Everett, WA. to Mabel and Richard Papritz and was raised in rural Mukilteo. Anita attended Everett High School (Homecoming Queen and Seagal), Everett Junior College (Queen) and Western Washington University (Princess) where she received her BA in Education. She met the love of her life while at Everett Junior College and he is Gene Cole. They went on to marry and she taught Kindergarten until she and Gene started their family. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Her greatest passion was caring for others. Her unconditional love was unmistakable and rare. She lit up the room with her bright, sparkling blue eyes, warm smile and gentle nature. Her greatest pleasures came from nature---flowers, pussy willows, snowflakes, and rainbows.

She was our comfort, our strength, our sunshine in a world that can be cruel. Her love of life was contagious every day. She gave herself to all of us in a way only she could. Her presence in our life will be missed more than words can say. It has not made sense to us that you have suffered with the wonderful life you have lived. The only thing that makes sense now is that God wanted his angel to come home.

Anita is survived by her loving, devoted husband Gene, son Brian (wife Victoria), daughters Kelly (husband Tony) and Jennifer (husband Mike and daughter McKenzie). Her grandchildren include Brandon Cole, Taylor Cole, McKenzie Creagan, Brittany Conley, and Carryn VandeGriend. Her great granddaughter is Mercy Jane Conley. In addition, she is survived by her brothers Gordon and Cal Papritz and their families. There are many more loving relatives who have survived her.

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March 4, 1937 - September 8, 2021
Published by The Herald (Everett) from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.
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I have fond memories of Anita, especially during our trip to Maui many years ago. She lived her life with grace and I saw that on the trip. I know you all - Gene, Brian, Kelly, and Jenny - are going through a difficult time right now. Your strength as a family will help each one of you.
Linda Fitzgerald
September 16, 2021
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