Anita Lee (Faulkner) Worden was born on May 17, 1931 in Rush Springs, OK to Earl & Fayrene Faulkner, the oldest of five siblings. She attended all her school years at Rush Springs and graduated in May 1949. On June 12, 1949 she married Donald Worden, and they enjoyed a wonderful union of 71 years. She gave birth to daughter Denise in 1954, and son Brent in 1965. Anita retired from the United States Postal Service after 28 years, serving at the Moore, OK branch. (She was known as the pretty, friendly lady with the black hair.)
Anita had many long-time friends from school days and continued those friendships all through the years. She was proud to represent her school after being appointed a delegate to Oklahoma Girls’ State in her junior year.
She had many talents, especially in homemaking—an excellent cook, talented and creative seamstress (clothes, coats, draperies & cornices, wedding dresses, costumes), artist, ultimate hostess that took great care in planning for family and friends and their comfort while in her home. She loved music, especially her church hymns, and had a lovely voice. Anita served at her kids’ schools as home room mother, Camp Fire Girls leader, Sunday school teacher, and local representative for the American Postal Workers Union. She and Don have been life-long members of the Church of Christ, serving in wonderful churches including Marlow, Duncan, Seminole, TX, Moore, Davis, and currently Southern Ridge in south OKC. Anita was a faithful believer in her Lord and Savior, looked forward to her final reward, and covered her family in prayer daily. She loved her husband and children unfailingly and always worked to provide the best possible life for them.
Predeceased by her parents, sister Helen James and husband Grant, sister Marilynn McAfee, brother Larry Faulkner, and son-in-law Harold Hawkins; Anita is survived by her husband Don, daughter Denise Hawkins, son Brent Worden and wife Holly, sister Kay Smith, several brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews and extended family grandchildren.
Anita passed away after a brief illness, and her care at home was made possible by the wonderful and attentive staff of Hospice Quality Care.
A celebration of Anita’s life will be Friday, April 9, 2021, 2:00 pm at Southern Ridge Church of Christ, 2237 SW 134th, Oklahoma City, interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens. Viewing and family visitation will be Thursday, April 8th 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Resthaven Funeral Home. If you wish to honor Anita with a donation in her name, please consider In Search of the Lord’s Way television outreach ministry, PO Box 371 Edmond, OK 73083, as she cared very much about this program.
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