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Obituary: Stallinga, Anita (Anne)

Age 76

STALLINGA, Anita “Anne” 11/26/1936 ~ 07/20/2013 Our beautiful, enigmatic mother “went gently into that good night,” watching the British Open and enjoying a cold beer on a hot summer’s day. She wouldn’t have had it any other way. If only she had hung in there a little longer to see Phil Mickelson win, she would have said she “died happy”. Mom was born in Yorkshire, England to Leonard and Henrietta Short, and survived the London blitz as a child from her home in Watford, England. She married a Dutch-American, James (Big Jim) Stallinga, living throughout the United States and Europe as they followed his career as an air traffic controller and after their divorce making a home for herself in Spokane. Mom worked in retail clothing sales putting her good taste and sense of style to good use. She worked at Rosauers in their deli department for a number of years, and then settled into her final role as a licensed home health care professional, a role that best suited her generous and compassionate nature. Mom was an amazing cook and loved having company over for dinner. She loved gardening and animals, a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night, reading novels about international espionage, and watching Masterpiece Theatre. She could never understand “all the fuss” about the Beatles, but she found Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith “quite interesting”. She loved watching golf but did not play, and was very proud that her father had once caddied for Joseph Kennedy and his son, John at St. Andrews. She loved professional football and looked forward to the fall colors, which meant the Vikings, Steelers and Giants would be hitting the gridiron. One never mentioned the Dallas Cowboys or New England Patriots in her presence. Mom was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Henrietta, her brothers Malcolm and Howard, and sister Ada Robinson all in England and Wales. She is survived by her sister, Paulette Short of Hertfordshire, England and her nieces Gillian and Alison in London. Mom will always be remembered by her daughters Melody Garcia, Adrianne Kordash (Richard) and April Gleason (Gary) all of Spokane, and her very special grandchildren, Michelle Vorpahl (Arizona), Benjamin Garcia (Spokane), Axton Vorpahl (serving in Afghanistan), Ivy Garcia (Ohio) and her youngest treasure, Jora Gleason. Mom’s legacy to her children was her love of nature and her deep compassion and generosity towards those less fortunate. She would always say, “I don’t want to be a bother.” Mom, you were never a bother. As she wished, Mom will be cremated in a private ceremony with a memorial dinner to be held in August. She had only one request of her remains that they be scattered on the 9th hole at Augusta National. Mother would be deeply honored if in lieu of flowers anyone who wished her well would consider a donation to the ASPCA, Humane Society of Spokane, Salvation Army or the Mirror Pond Renovation Project at Manito, where she enjoyed many hours walking her little dog, Jilly.