Obituary: L. Annarita Stevens, 81 |

Obituary: L. Annarita Stevens, 81

L. Annarita Stevens, of Lake Tahoe, Calif., formerly of Petoskey and Harbor Springs, died in Auburn, Calif., on Saturday, April 3, 2010.

A memorial was held on Thursday, April 15, in the Westminster Room at First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey, 502 East Mitchell St. Her ashes will be interred at the Atlanta, Mich., cemetery at a later date. No funeral service is planned. A small service at the family farm, in July, will be held.

Annarita was born in Chicago, Ill., on May 23, 1928, to Lillian and John Skinner. Her mother died when Annarita was an infant and she was legally adopted by her aunt Carrie (Skinner) and Harry Smith of Atlanta, Mich. She grew up in Atlanta learning to cook, can and sew through 4-H. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1946, then attended Saginaw Community College.

Annarita enjoyed downhill skiing and won several racing awards in her youth. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1950 with a degree in social work. Following college, she worked for the Department of Social Services in Alpena and Montmorency counties.

She married Harris Stevens in 1955. They moved to Big Rapids, Mich., Green Bay, Wis., and eventually settled in Northern Michigan, moving to Petoskey in 1970. They had two daughters, Darcy (Stevens) Seals of Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Tamara Stevens of Petoskey. They divorced in 1976.

She was an avid gardener and voracious reader. Her friends knew there was always room for one more at her dinner table, especially for holidays. Through the years she loved to sail and enjoyed going with friends on their yachts throughout the Great Lakes.

She moved to Tahoe City, Calif., in 1990 to be closer to her oldest daughter, Darcy. She joined the Womenand#8217;s Group of Lake Tahoe, and enjoyed volunteering her time to help young children in the area. After several strokes, Annarita was a resident of a nursing home in Auburn, Calif., for the past several years.

She is survived by her daughters, Darcy (Charlie) Seals of Tahoe City, Calif.; Tamara Stevens of Petoskey; several nieces, nephews; and many friends who were as close as family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carrie and Harry Smith, of Atlanta; her aunt, Mary Skinner, of Atlanta; and an infant daughter.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in her name to the Petoskey Womenand#8217;s Resource Center in Michigan, or in Annaritaand#8217;s name for charitable donations to the Bank of the West at P.O. Box 5759, Tahoe City, Ca 96145.