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Anita “Nita” Routon

Anita “Nita” Routon was born September 17, 1960 in Kansas City, Missouri and departed this life on March 7, 2019, at her home in Pleasant Hill.

Anita spent most of her life in Pleasant Hill, graduating from Pleasant Hill High School in 1978.

On December 17, 1999, she was united in marriage with Larry L. Routon, in Jackson County, Missouri, and they made their home in Pleasant Hill.

Until declining health forced her retirement, Anita ran a daycare in her home for nearly 40 years, where she cared for and loved many children in the Pleasant Hill area.

Anita enjoyed playing bingo and shopping, but her true passion in life was getting to watch her “Babies” dance and being involved with Eva Moore’s Performing Arts Center. She dedicated much time and attention to the studio and the Bright Futures program.

Anita is survived by her husband, Larry L. Routon of the home; one son, Michael Richardson of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; two daughters, Toni Manford and husband Matt of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and Lacy Richardson of Harrisonville, Missouri; four sisters, Vali Hanson and husband Nels of Adrian, Missouri, Mona Foster of Linn Valley, Kansas, Sandra Ratzlaff and husband Lanny of Burlington, Kansas, and Peggy Wiseman and husband Chris of Joplin, Missouri; twelve grandchildren, Jack, Jenna, Jude, Matti Jo, Tripp, Dawson, Mason, Keidyn, Madalynne, Chevy, Miles, and Hunter, many loved nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, and her dearest friends Becky and Jay Walker.

Per Anita’s wishes, cremation has been accorded and family and friends are invited to visit her home on Sunday, March 24th, from 2-5pm, to celebrate her life.

In Memory of Anita Routon, the family suggests contributions to: Bright Futures c/o Pleasant Hill School District, 318 Cedar Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080.

7 Messages

  • Artina Posted March 7, 2019 3:48 pm

    Dear family, I express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one and I know it’s so difficult to bear. But know that your heavenly Father understands your pain and He cares. He extends a hope to each and everyone and that hope is that you will see your loved one again. John 5:28, 29; Isaiah 25:8a

  • Paul Slover Posted March 10, 2019 9:12 am

    Always enjoyed seeing Nita at dance functions. She was always so inspiring. Regardless of how she may have been feeling you could tell she enjoyed being there and supported all the kids, not just her own grandchildren. Very sweet and strong lady. May she Rest In Peace and May Gods blessings and comfort be with her family and friends.

  • Connie Curnutte Posted March 10, 2019 2:50 pm

    Mona…im so sorry to hear about your loss…ur in my prayers…God Be With everyone in this time of sadness

  • Claudia Schober Posted March 10, 2019 4:51 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. Unfortunately I never met Anita but in the picture a cheerful and sympathetic woman laughs at me. I am very sorry and wish you much strength for the painful loss of a wife, mother, grandma, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and cousin.

  • Nancy (Faulkenberry) Hurtt Posted March 10, 2019 5:44 pm

    So sorry to hear of Nita’s passing. When I read her name I didn’t recognize it but her face looked so familiar. While reading her obituary I read all the girls names and had to read them again and I said that is her. Broke my heart. She and Ronnie were in same grade graduated together. Now Cancer has taken both of them. I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this struggle. May the good Lord hold you in His loving arms as you deal with your loss. Love to all of you.

  • Ronna Richardson Posted March 11, 2019 2:26 pm

    No more pain for you.

  • Lee & Chris Hicks Posted March 18, 2019 9:08 am

    Anita was a wonderful person. She was a loving caretaker for our children almost 30 years ago and more recently the caretaker for our grandkids who referred to her as “Grandma Nita.”. Her light will be greatly missed. Much love nd prayers to the family.

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