Anita Faustine Ames
Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home
121 Main St.
Westerly, RI
North Stonington - Anita Faustine (Coats) Ames, 86, of North Stonington died peacefully Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Portland Care and Rehabilitation Centre. She was the beloved wife of Charles A. Ames Sr., sadly he predeceased her April 25, 2019.

Born in New London, April 15, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Ansel Wayne and Marjorie (Gray) Coats.

Anita graduated from Stonington High School in 1953 and went on to receive her Associates Degree from Katharine Gibbs in Providence, R.I. taking the train each day into Providence wearing her white gloves and hat. She was quickly employed by Electric Boat in Groton, leaving there to raise a family and run the household while her husband, Charles, was out to sea. Later she became employed by the Board of Education for the town of North Stonington and worked there as the secretary to the Superintendent of Schools for over 20 years. After retiring from the school system she worked for the Town Probate office and the Town Police.

Mrs. Ames was a life member of the North Stonington Congregational Church, where she had been an active and dedicated member throughout her life, playing piano for the youth Choir and sitting on various committees over the years. Anita was also active in civic affairs in her beloved town of North Stonington and was a member of the North Stonington Grange since she was a young girl and had dedicated a lot of time serving and supporting the grange. She sat on the Juvenile Board of Review, the Board of Education, and the North Stonington Education Foundation to name a few. She was recognized for her dedication to the youth of North Stonington with an Honorary Diploma during the 2016 Wheeler High School graduation.

Anita and her family enjoyed many summers at their camp on Ebeemee Lake, in Maine. She also enjoyed knitting and owned Anita's Yarn Shop in North Stonington while her children were very young, selling yarn and teaching classes on the craft. Even though Anita loved to serve, volunteer and work, she always had time for her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and aunt.

She will be sadly missed by her three children, Charles Ames Jr., Kevin Ames and his wife Susan and Lisa Aarrestad and her husband Peter. She was the loving grandmother of Jordon, Corey, Kelsey (Mathew), Emma and Ansel (Holly) and great-grandmother to Zoe, Theodore and Kehlani. She also leaves her sisters, Gayle (Dick) Williams, Marilyn (Kip) Taylor, Sheri (Ed) Nardi and a brother, Wayne (Linda) Coats and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters and their spouses, Audrey (Bill) Gruber and Elizabeth (Jim) Bruce.

The Ames Family will greet relatives and friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main Street, Westerly, RI. The family kindly requests that masks be worn while inside. A short service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Plains Cemetery in North Stonington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Stonington Education Foundation, 298 Norwich Westerly Rd, North Stonington, CT 06359 or the North Stonington Congregational Church Building Fund, 89 Main St. North Stonington, CT. 06359.

We would like to thank the Chestelm Adult Day Services and the Portland Care and Rehabilitation Centre for the love and care shown to Anita and our family over the last few years.

For online condolences, please visit
Published by The Day on Nov. 24, 2021.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home
121 Main St., Westerly, RI
Plains Cemetery
North Stonington, CT
Funeral services provided by:
Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home
Sponsored by Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home.
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

4 Entries
My sincere condolences to Kevin, Charlie and Lisa and their families and the Coats Family. Anita was a very intelligent and outstandingly competent woman. She generously shared her many talents and time with her family, her beloved town, her church and the school district. She loved all the children in North Stonington. And was their faithful champion. She was an outstanding woman and way ahead of her time.
Betsy Mercer
November 28, 2021
Anita was an absolute sweetheart, always loving and kind. Thank you for dealing with us crazy kids, you'll always be remembered and missed
Jonathan Dick
November 27, 2021
Wonderful Mother Margie/Father Ansel Coats. I, remember many Thanksgiving Diners at her house with family very nice people. God Bless her children Charles Jr. Kevin, Lisa and their families. Her sisters and brother and their families. God will help everyone through the sad times. Just remember all the good times with her through the years. Always a friend Carol and Judie
Carol Burdick (formerly) from North Stonington, CT. and her cousin Judie Lo
November 25, 2021
When Nita, Thurlow, Alice and I won the Grange talent contest back in the 70's we spent the summer raising money to go to California. Fred (Brownstone Amusements) lent us one of his trailers and we ran a ring toss game at the Fair. On the trip out to California we were three of about thirteen passengers on the 747 and the flight attendant let us ride in the first class lounge. When we got to California the State Pianist couldn't play our accompaniment (Alice couldn't go with us) so we went out and bought a pitch pipe and sang acapela for the first time. We came in fourth. If only Alice had been able to come I'll bet we would have won. Nita was one special lady!
Nancy Weissmuller
November 24, 2021
Showing 1 - 4 of 4 results