OREM, Utah -- Anita Ellen Drain, 62, passed away due to prolonged health issues on March 2, 2011. She was surrounded by loving family members.
Anita was born on June 20, 1948, in McCook, Nebraska, to Raymond and Roberta (Haining) Drain. She spent her early life in McCook, graduated from McCook High School in 1966 and began to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from McCook College in 1968, Bachelor of Arts from Kearney State College in 1970, and obtained a Master of Arts in Education from Kearney State College in 1981.
She taught for 30 years in Maywood and Hay Springs, Nebraska. She was a lifetime member of the National Educational Association and the Nebraska State Education Association.
In 1974, Anita joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a faithful member of the Church throughout the remainder of her life. She was a member of both the Southwest Nebraska Genealogical Society and the Nebraska State Genealogical Society. As an avid family historian, she spent countless hours pursuing information about her ancestors. She volunteered and enjoyed working at her stake's Family History Library.?Anita will be remembered for many wonderful qualities. She was a devoted and loving teacher and through her teaching, many lives were touched and changed forever. Other qualities include her sweet spirit, her love for one and all, her compassion and patience with children, her ability to listen, her puzzle skills (logic, crosswords, and jig-saw puzzles), her sense of humor (the door is ajar), her love of animals, her delight in collecting rocking horses, her dedication to family and love of family history, her humble quiet way, her desire to always do what is right, her devotion to God, and her fighting spirit. She fought the good fight and can now rest with her beloved family that passed before her. She will be missed and cherished by all who knew and loved her. "Till we meet again!"
Anita is survived by her sister, Kathy Almquist of Orem, Utah; two brothers; Dennis Drain and wife, Jan of Layton, Utah, and Richard Drain and wife, Sandra of Phoenix, Arizona; as well as by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services are Thursday, 7 p.m., at 300 North 100 East in Orem. On Saturday, March 12, there is a viewing at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home, 305 West C, McCook, Nebraska from 9-11 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Grove Cemetery near the Old Stone Church south of Culbertson, Nebraska.?In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in Anita's name.
Friends may send condolences to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.