Anita Isabelle Fawcett

December 28, 1934January 30, 2019

Anita Isabelle Fawcett, a native Houstonian, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the age of 84.

She graduated from Rice Institute in 1956, and following in the footsteps of her mother, became an elementary school teacher in the Houston ISD. She met her husband of 61 years, Eugene, while attending Rice, and the two were married in Houston in 1957. They honeymooned in Colorado, where they spent July 4th on Pike’s Peak watching cars race up the mountain.

Their eldest child, Carol, was born in 1960, and twin boys, Ronald and Robert followed in 1962. After staying home with her children for eight years, Anita then went to work for Texas Water Wells as an Accountant. Having introduced Eugene to camping early on in their marriage, the two greatly enjoyed taking their family camping out West together. Anita followed Eugene in becoming a ham radio operator, taking on the call sign WA5JMC, after becoming frustrated at not being able to join in his radio conversations. Eugene, call sign WA5CYI, purchased her a handie-talkie for use in her car; because the power output was so low that she could not break into the “QSO’s,” he installed a 75watt amplifier. Thereafter, whenever Anita talked, everyone listened! She especially enjoyed being an officer in the Gaylarks, a social group for hams and their “XYLs” (Ex Young Ladies). She particularly looked forward to their monthly dining outings, which continued on for many years.

Later in life, in addition to camping, Anita and Eugene began to travel extensively via cruise ships. They visited all over the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, China, and most of Europe. Anita particularly enjoyed cruising with her mother in law. Two stand out trips included the viewing of two total solar eclipses. When she had time to relax at home, she spent time both knitting and crocheting, as well as indulging in romance novels and whodunnits.

Anita loved being a grandmother to Alexandra, and delighted in her two great grandchildren, Jackson and Ezra. Whenever they were in her arms, she just beamed.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Edwin and Eunice Blankinship. She is survived by her husband Eugene; her siblings, Edwina, Edwin, and Sue; her children, Carol, Ronald, and Robert; her granddaughter, Alexandra; and her great grandchildren, Jackson and Ezra.

The family will be having a visitation from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday, February 4, 2019, at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home, 12555 S Kirkwood, Stafford, TX 77477. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 am, at the Earthman Southwest Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at


  • Visitation Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Anita Isabelle Fawcett

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Gerri George

February 2, 2019

Pump and Family,

I am saddened by your loss. Anita, a friend of almost fifty years, was a warm and welcoming personality. It was a joy to be included in many of her fun, festive gatherings. She will be fondly remembered by friends and also amateur radio enthusiasts (as Silent Key WA5JMC). May you take comfort in knowing you have an angel to watch over you.

Karen Kresta-Podraza

February 1, 2019

Eugene, Carol, Robert, Ronald and Lori,

My Deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your families. I cherished Anita and loved having dinner with her and the family, she was a beautiful lady and very funny at times....always so pretty with her hair and nails perfectly done. I just wish I would have gone to see her more in her last days...

Rest in Peace Pretty Lady....May God bless you and the family.