Anita Lou Tate

August 12, 1944December 29, 2020

Anita Tate passed away on 12/29/2020 at Kaiser hospital after a short battle with pneumonia. Her loving husband, Phil Tate, kissed her goodbye as she passed with her daughter Michelle & son Michael also by her side.

Anita was born on Aug. 12, 1944 to Evalu & Anthony Ferro in Salinas Ca. She resided in San Jose Ca since she was a young girl.

Anita & Phil were high school sweetheart. Anita & Phil met after she saw him drive by her house in his dad’s 57 Chevy on his way to Santa Clara High school. Anita was able to get Phil’s phone number, called him and said “you don’t know me but I will be on the corner in front of my house when you drive by tomorrow on your way to school”. She was 14 and Phil 16. They were together ever since and married for 57 years.

Anita retired from Berryessa School District after 30 years of service as a middle school office clerk. With her strong will, never accept no as an answer and get it done attitude, she was always willing to help showing her empathy and love for people and life. She had a sense of humor that made everyone laugh. She loved concerts and 70’s music. Everywhere she went she would strike up a conversation with someone, then come home and tell her husband about the nicest person she had just met. In the house she loved on a cul de sac in San Jose she raised her two kids with her husband Phil. They spent summers vacationing in their RV and camping at Lake Tahoe, always bringing their two dogs with the family.

In 2002 they purchased her dream vacation home in Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe. That was her favorite place. She spent long days lakeside on the beach with friends and especially her two granddaughters who she loved so much, Melissa & Natalie. From Tahoe, Anita & Phil would take a short drive to Reno to party with their friends, The Buddy Blues Band.

Anita was a loving wife to her husband Phil, a loving mother to her daughter Michelle & son Michael and loved being a grandma to her granddaughters Melissa & Natalie. She was loved by all and will be missed greatly.

Anita leaves behind her husband, daughter, son, two granddaughters, sister and brother in law. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made in her honor to The American Cancer Society or any Veterans charity organization.


20 January

Graveside Service

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Mission City Memorial Park

420 N Winchester Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95050


Anita Lou Tate

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