Anita Louise Whitt, age 79, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from a broken heart, after her loving husband and best friend, Elmer passed away on January 8, 2017. Anita was born on August 21, 1937, in Granite City, IL, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mabel Catherine (Keigan) Thompson.
On April 4, 1959, Anita married Elmer Wayne Whitt, the love of her life at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. She had worked in the office at the Chevrolet dealership in Granite City, IL for many years. Anita was an excellent cook and she enjoyed crocheting, gardening and canning. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family. After Elmer's retirement, Anita and Elmer moved to Trenton, MO, Elmer's hometown. After many years in Trenton, MO, they moved back to Granite City, IL to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Anita will be remembered for the love and special times shared with family and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Anita was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Bradley "Scott" Ryan; sister, Mary Sedlock, brothers, Tommy and Robert Thompson and one nephew, Tracy Wynne.
She is survived by her loving children, Sheila Ryan and Kevin (Cindy) Whitt both of Granite City, IL; proud grandmother to Kristen Ryan, Taylor (Joey Wasser) Ryan and Jennifer Mell; proud great-grandmother to one great-grandson; special niece, Dawn (Adam Briggs) McCormick; special great-niece, Bailey McCormick; beloved puppy, Daisey; dear nieces, nephews; extended family and many special friends.
In celebration of her life, a memorial gathering will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Arlington Golf Course, 200 Arlington Drive, Granite City, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to American Cancer Society.
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