Anita Ray Gorder

June 27, 1938March 15, 2013
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Anita Ray Gorder, age 74, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2013, at DCH Regional Medical Center, near her home in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Pearl McMamaman.

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, Ky.; grandson Trevor M. Barnes of Teays Valley, W.Va.; sister Vera Rowell of Fort Worth, Texas; and brother Leo McManaman of Dayton, Ohio.

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, Ky., for 14 years.

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.

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 on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. The service will be held in the Westervelt-Warner Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, 900 Greensboro, Ave., Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35401, with Dr. Charles Durham officiating. Visitation from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. will precede the service. She will be laid to rest in Oakridge Cemetery in the beautiful Black Hills of S.D., which she loved so much. Arrangements for the graveside service are pending. Heritage Chapel Funeral Home & Cremations, a Dignity Memorial Provider, 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.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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March 24, 2013

Tom,Susan,&Cindy, Anita was a very special lady. We are so very sorry for your loss. Charles and and Patsy Harmon

March 23, 2013

Cynthia and family,
Am so sorry for your loss. Bill and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Much love,
Bill and Rose Bucholz

Traci Thomas

March 22, 2013

Duane and I have been thinking about all of you nonstop. Wish we were there to give as many hugs as needed. Thanks for posting the wonderful pictures. It's good to look back and smile at so many memories and reminds me of what a strong family you have. We love you. We are praying for you. God Bless.

Sherill Dunwiddie

March 22, 2013

Dear Tom, We add our thoughts and prayers to those of your many friends. May you be surrounded by the love of your family.
Dick and Sherill Dunwiddie

March 21, 2013

Tom, We were so sorry to learn of Anita's passing. I know you will miss her terribly, and am sure the girls will be of great comfort to you. Please give our most sincere condolences to Susan and Cynthia,as well as everyone who's lives Anita touched. She will be missed. Our Love,Prayers & God's Peace to all, Susan (Stutenroth) & Lynn Johnson

Louie Cornelius

March 21, 2013

Tom, We are so sorry to hear about the death of your wife. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Louie Cornelius, Mines EE 60

March 21, 2013

Dear Tom & family,
Jim & I were so very sorry to learn of Anita's passing. Anita was a person that after being with her you came away a better person. You & both your families are in our prayers & thoughts.
Jim & Linda O'Rear

March 20, 2013

We are all thinking of your family right now amd are so sorry for your loss.

Much love,

Top and Jerry Toppila

March 20, 2013

May the Lord Bless you and your family on the passing of Anita. You have our sincere condolences and prayer for you and your family.


March 20, 2013