Anita Hodges

November 29, 1942April 4, 2021

Anita Hodges, 78, of Sikeston, MO went home to be with her Savior on April 4th, 2021. She was born November 29th, 1942 in Sikeston, MO to the late William Carter and Faye (Chittenden) Bell. Anita grew up in Sikeston where she met and eventually married Ron Hodges in 1963 at Little Vine Baptist Church. While living in Sikeston, they attended Murray Lane Baptist Church and raised their two children, Cheryl and Greg. Anita worked at J.C. Penny for 20 years until she retired in 2003 and she and Ron continued to live in Sikeston until 2016 when they moved to Newburgh, IN to be closer to family. Anita was active in the Sikeston, MO chapter of The Order of the Eastern Star where she held every office over her 60 years of membership. She enjoyed traveling to visit her family, especially her grandchildren, as well as going on vacations, reading, and cooking. She also loved playing games with, telling stories to, and watching her grandchildren compete and perform in multiple sports and activities. Anita loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and followed biblical principles her whole life. She treated everyone she met with love and kindness and in turn was loved and cherished by all who met her. Her positive outlook and witty attitude always brought a positive light to any situation. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry & Martha Bell; brother, Anthony Bell; and nephew, Steven Bell. She is survived by her husband, Ronald, of 58 years; her daughter, Cheryl (Kevin) Kerr; son, Greg (Terri) Hodges; brother, Bill Bell; and multiple nieces and nephews. Anita was affectionately known as Nana by her 12 grandchildren, their spouses, and other friends of the family: Alex (Sarah) Kerr; Abby (Zac) Frobeter; Alia, Amelia, Alayna, Abram, Adam, and Analise Kerr; Carter, Mason, and Sophia Hodges; and Jalen Scott. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral service at 1:00 P.M. at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston, MO. Scott Hancock will officiate. Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston, MO. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037. The family requests that everyone who can, donate blood as often as possible. Online condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


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Chuck Grant

April 10, 2021

So sorry for your loss. She was a fine person. A classmate of 1960.

Wilma Hill Shropshire

April 7, 2021

Condolences and prayers for the family. Wilma H. Shropshire PM, Martha Dandridge chapter 438. Dandridge TN

Shauntrece Deters

April 6, 2021

In all my years in the medical field, I meet an angel here on earth. She faced her diagnosis, treatments, and side effects with the strength of an army, the love of a Mother, and compassion for all whoever met her: May you rest in the loving arms of our Savior. Until we meet again, Anita. P.S. I know I will be able to eat off the floors of your castle in heaven.
I am praying for Ron, Cheryl, Greg, and their family for peace and comfort.


Samantha Heffington

April 6, 2021

Anita was an angel on Earth. She was the kindest, most caring soul. She never once complained and always had a smile on her face. I will miss this sweet lady terribly. She was a grandmother to all of us in the infusion center. I know she is watching over everyone from Heaven. I'll continue to face everyday the way she would, with love and compassion.. Her family is in my prayers. Sam (deaconess infusion)

Diana ( Rileys Portable buildings ) Riley

April 5, 2021

Greg and Terri and family, so sorry for your loss, Went home on the most glorious day to meet our savior , Sending prayer to all !!!!