Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations
Anita Ray Gorder, age 74, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2013, in DCH Regional Medical Center, near her home in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Anita was born on June 27, 1938, in Harrison, Ohio, was raised in Dayton, Ohio, and before moving to Tuscaloosa, Ala. in 1997, lived in Middletown, Ohio, for 17 years and Ashland for 14 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Pearl McManaman. She is survived by her husband, C. Tom Gorder of Tuscaloosa; daughters, Susan Miller Barnes (Jeffrey) of Teays Valley, W.Va., and Cynthia G. Thomas (Michael) of Deadwood, S.D.; granddaughter, Lauren E. Miller of Lexington; grandson, Trevor M. Barnes of Teays Valley; sister, Vera Rowell of Fort Worth, Texas; and brother, Leo McManaman of Dayton, Ohio.
She was an ardent University of Alabama sports enthusiast, an avid master gardener and an eager volunteer in a variety of organizations that included her church, Meals on Wheels, PEO International, Paramount Women’s Association and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Guild.
Anita loved life and will be remembered by all who knew her for her warm, caring, giving nature and for a sense a humor that always brought a smile to those who surrounded her.
The family celebrates Anita’s ascension into heaven to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and invites friends to commemorate her life at a funeral service at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Westervelt-Warner Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL. 35401, with Dr. Charles Durham officiating. She will be laid to rest in Oakridge Cemetery in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, which she loved so much. Arrangements for the graveside service are pending.
Visitation will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider in Tuscaloosa, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations honoring Anita be made to the Parkinson’s Association of Alabama, P.O. Box 590146, Birmingham, AL 35259.
Condolences may be offered at heritagechapeltuscaloosa.com.