She was born March 27, 1939, in La Harpe, KS, the daughter of George and Hazel Foster Hurd. She graduated from Ft. Scott High School in 1957 and attended Ft. Scott Community College.
Anita worked for Western Insurance Company in Ft. Scott before moving to Texas. She worked as communication secretary for the University of Texas Pan-Am in Edinburg, TX, for twelve years, then the University of Texas-San Antonio for thirteen years until retirement. She moved back to Ft. Scott about ten years ago. When not working, Anita enjoyed reading and traveling, especially to Branson, MO.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Carpenter and wife Karen, Omaha, NE, and Stephen Carpenter and wife Jana, Poteet, TX; a daughter-in-law Angela Carpenter, Ft. Scott, KS; two sisters, Janet Carpenter and husband Harry, Ft. Scott, KS, and Judy Fleming, LaCygne, KS.
Four grandchildren, Carrie Rivera and husband Josh, Ben Carpenter and wife Jessica, Nicolette Carpenter and husband Corey, and Dalton Carpenter; four great-grandchildren, Octavian Carpenter, Elysian Carpenter, Cason Davis, Colbi Davis, and one more on the way; several nieces and nephews. Best friend and travel mate, Joan Soltren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Randy Carpenter; a brother, George “Sonny” Hurd; and her parents.
There was cremation. No services are planned. Private burial will take place in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Ft. Scott. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com