Anita Marie (Smith) Sisson, 88, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at UC Health in Greeley, Colo. after a brief illness.
She was born May 27, 1934 to Berton & Bernice (McElroy) Smith in Bartley, Nebr. She attended school in Bartley and after graduation went to work at the bank, also in Bartley. She married Gareld E (Gary) Sisson on August 24, 1956 and they were married for 63 years at the time of his passing in 2020. They lived in Sterling, Colo., where their three sons were born. Anita worked at a bank in Sterling for several years until they moved to Greeley in 1962 when Gary was promoted to foreman with the Colorado Department of Transportation. Anita stayed home with the boys until they were out of school and then in 1986 went to work at the Greeley Medical Clinic filing insurance claims and doing collections. She later went to work for Dr. Peter Schmid, in Longmont, Colo., filing insurance claims and bookkeeping. Gary and Anita also lived in the Greeley area before moving to Loveland in 1995 and moved back to Greeley and the surrounding area after Gary’s retirement.
They enjoyed riding motorcycles and took several trips with friends, as well as traveling with her siblings and their spouses on several occasions. They also traveled to Arizona in the winter for several years. Anita attended Galilee Baptist Church while they lived in Loveland, Colo. and Westside Baptist Church in Greeley, Colo.
She is survived by her sons, all of Greeley, Colo., Rick (Jeannie) Sisson, Dan (Jeanette) Sisson, Jim (Elizabeth) Sisson, two granddaughters, one step-grandson, five great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Roberta Felker of McCook, Neb., and her brother, Alan Smith of Fredericksburg, Tex., and their children. Her sisters-in-law and their families; Betty Sisson of Greeley, Colo., Janet Sisson of Kirkville, Mo., Carolyn Ellsworth (Lew) and Norma Paxton, both of Sterling, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gareld (Gary) Sisson and her parents; brother-in-law, Dorwin Felker and sister-in-law, Irene Smith; brothers-in-law, Rodney Sisson, Kendall Sisson and Arden Paxton.
A graveside service will be held at the Bartley Cemetery in Bartley, Neb. on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
Friends may leave online condolences at lockenour.com. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.
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