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Anita E Kahler

July 30, 1937 — May 14, 2022

Anita E Kahler

Anita Earlene was born in Memphis, TN to Harvey and Anita Joyce Carrington on July 30, 1937. When Harvey was deployed to fight in World War II Anita and her mother left Tennessee to wait on the shores of Seal Beach, California. Anita (who was called "Button") remembers the smell of the ocean and sound of the seals from the window of their beach side cottage. When they moved back to Shelby County, TN, Button grew up on a farm with horses, chickens and Collies. She was always beautiful. So much so, that she won "Miss Memphis Cotton Queen", performed as a majorette, posed as model for a photography studio and went on a double date with Elvis Presley.

After a couple years of college at 'Ole Miss, Anita moved to Lakewood, Ohio and took up secretarial work at GMAC. Not long after, she caught the eye of Russell B. Kahler who was immediately smitten and courted her with his banjo under the moonlight. They were married within months on November 12, 1960 and after 59.5 years of marriage died within 2 years of each other.

Through all the years in between they raised 3 daughters and helped raise 7 beautiful grandchildren, who are now adults with impeccable manners thanks to her constant encouragement for them to sit in the middle of their seats. 'G-Moe' was so loved and will be so missed by Colin, Elizabeth, Matthew, Hallie, Andrew, Madeline and Alyssa. Anita loved crafting and decorating and taught her family that you don't have to spend money to buy class, you just have to have good taste. She majored in Home Economics, so naturally she ironed her bed sheets and everything she touched, cooked, designed and served was spectacular. She loved nothing more than hosting family gatherings. She sewed matching outfits for all of her little girls complete with matching hats, gloves and purses.

Anita was blessed to travel the world with Russ and her group of friends known as "The Builders' for over 50 years. She volunteered at the PTA, recorded books on tape for the library, launched a career with Future Unlimited as an employment counselor in the 1970's and worked for 21 years as a receptionist at Ray Fogg Building Methods. In 2015, when Russ' health started to decline, she devoted most of her time after that to caring for him, including two years of making pureed food interesting 3 times a day.

She scrimped and saved to take the whole family to Walt Disney World in 2006 and was supposed to be there with Lori and Cindy when she passed away peacefully and suddenly from a rapid progression of Polymyositis/stroke. Some of her last words were to express delight at our pictures and videos from Walt Disney World. She loved her family. She did not like the 'grey area' of any part of life. We weren't ready for her to leave us, but we know she trusted Jesus with her future home for all of eternity in the original 'Happiest Place on Earth'. If they have Wayfair in heaven, we feel sure she is using it to furnish her mansion.

"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you may be also." John 14: 2-3.

Anita Kahler was born July 30, 1937 and died on May 14, 2022. She is preceded in death by her mother, Anita Joyce Carrington and Harvey Carrington, and her husband Russell Kahler. She is survived by her brother, Charles Carrington (Nila), daughters Cindy Kahler, Tami Kahler Floyd (Hank), Lori Kahler Fodo (Ron), her grandchildren Colin Floyd, Elizabeth Fodo Havel (Eric), Matthew Fodo, Hallie Floyd, Andrew Fodo, Madeline Floyd and Alyssa Floyd, her niece Grayson Ring, and her nephews Gus Carrington and Luke Carrington.

Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 18th at 4:00pm. Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 6330 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio with a dinner reception immediately following.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Starts at 4:00pm (Eastern time)

Ridgewood United Methodist Church

6330 Ridge Rd, Parma, OH 44129

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