Anita Smith

Date of Birth

March 5, 1923

Date of Death

February 15, 2020

City of Death

Escondido, CA

On March 5, 1923 the world was blessed as Anita Lorraine Stokes entered center stage in .Riverside, Ca. She was the first daughter born to Walter Moses Stokes and Theresa Wiley Stokes. Anita was raised in a family and community with a strong heritage of Christian values. As a child she was an active member in her church. She attended public schools in Riverside and later in Santa Barbara where her family re-located. In high school she met and later married James F. Smith. To this union Alyce Yolanda Smith was born.

After her divorce she left her daughter, Alyce with her mother, she stepped into the work force and joined the war effort in the shipyards of San Francisco. After the war ended she returned to her first love of entertaining as a dancer, singer & actress. She was in high demand in the San Francisco area. Later she located to Oxnard, Ca where she worked at the Colonial House Restaurant for many years. Following in family tradition she opened her own catering business. After many years of service she returned to Santa Barbara. She continued entertaining and holding court in places like Gold’s gym at 4:00am, or her patio garden at noon, or her doctors’ offices. She enriched so many lives encouraging and uplifting all she came in contact with a cheerful “groovy” and “love”. She was known to family as “Sweet Sweet Mommie Neet” and to others as “Mama Groovy”. Always sharing the best gifts she was given, they yielded a 100 fold harvest in the love and faith of family and friends.

In the wee hours of morning, On Sunday, February 15, 2020 she was promoted to the glorious production on high. There she joins her Heavenly Father and loved ones who passed on before her; father, mother, sister, granddaughter and grandson.

She leaves behind daughter; Alyce Smith Cooper of San Diego, CA,  5 great grandchildren, 15 great great grandchildren, 2 nieces, 3 great nieces and a host of friends and relatives who would forever carry on her legacy and spread her love.

A very special thank you to her beloved friend and loyal care taker Dolores Woodson of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the staff of Escondido Post-Acute Rehab for their compassionate care for Sweet Sweet Mommie Neet.


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