INVERNESS, Fla. - ANITA LOUISE BURGESS, age 65, of Clearwater, Fla., and formerly of Fairmont and Welcome, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at HPH Hospice.
Anita Perrine was born to Ardis and Victor Perrine of Fairmont, on Feb. 1, 1946. She lived in Cottage Grove, Minn., and Longmont, Denver, and Littleton, Colo., before returning to Welcome, then moving to Clearwater in 2002. She graduated from Welcome High School as Class of 1964 valedictorian and from the Naeve School of Nursing in Albert Lea, Minn. She worked as a registered nurse. She met her future husband, Jim Burgess, at Camp Birchwood, Conn., in 1968; they divorced in 1984.
Anita was a lover of pets, including basset hound Leonard, collie Laddie, wolf hybrids Myeeta and Teela, and cats Sir Richard and Kitty.
Anita enjoyed relaxing with Kitty in her Florida room, reading, watching Survivor, visiting with her friends, watching wildlife, and playing Scrabble. She was a devoted member of MPWC-ME Inc. (Medical Professionals/Persons with CFIDS/M.E.), an advocacy and support organization for people with chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis. She helped found a support group for people with chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis in Sherburn and surrounding communities. Anita previously enjoyed playing racquetball, participating in yoga, and hiking in the mountains.
Anita is survived by her sons Todd (Laura) Burgess, of Golden, Colo., and John (Melissa) Burgess, of Evans, Colo.; sisters Rita Williams, of Fairmont, and Sylvia Perrine, of Homosassa Springs, Fla.; brothers Melvin Perrine, of Wyndmoor, Penn., Orvin Perrine, of North Saint Paul, Minn., Larry Perrine, of Brandon, S.D., and Richard Perrine, of Sherburn; and granddaughters Abigail Burgess and Isabel Burgess.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome.com
A celebration of Anita's life is planned for July 2012 in Estes Park, Colo.