In memory of
Elnora "Honey" Lea Anderson, a talented artist and prolific multi-medium painter-turned-jewelry maker who resided in Little River, Calif. for 48 years, passed away peacefully at Mendocino Coast Hospital in Fort Bragg, Calif. on July 10, 2020, comforted by frequent visits and phone calls from friends and family. Lea was born February 12, 1935 at Fort Jay on Governor's Island in New York City to Earl Edward Hoyt and Angelina "Lea LaRue" Rutigliano. The oldest of three siblings, she attended New York City's High School of Music and Art, graduated from Fair Lawn High School in Fair Lawn, N.J., attended Syracuse University, and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Illinois, majoring in advertising design. She received a post-graduate scholarship from U. of Illinois for study and travel abroad, which she used at the Polytechnic School of Arts and Crafts in London, and also studied at the Schenectady Museum. While living in Schenectady, N.Y., she worked as a graphic designer for educational television station WMHT; art directed for local theater groups; taught adult education oil painting classes; and embarked on a long career as a painter in numerous media including caisen, acrylic wash, watercolor, oils, ink, and screen printing. She participated in numerous exhibitions and regional shows throughout New York state and was a member of the Woodstock Artists Association in Woodstock, N.Y., where her family had spent summers during her childhood. Lea moved to San Francisco in 1965, continuing her dual careers in television graphics and painting, exhibiting regularly in local galleries and shows, and later taught art classes at the middle school level in Marin County. Enamored by frequent visits to bucolic Mendocino, Lea settled permanently in Little River in 1972, pursuing full time her passion as a painter and earning accolades as one of the finest and most collected landscapists in the Mendocino area. She had award-winning entries at numerous venues and juried shows including the Mendocino County Fair, Mendocino Arts Center, and the Art in the Redwoods Shows. Lea's artistic pursuits later turned toward jewelry design, mastering silver smithing and brazing and setting her creations with custom cut-and polished non-precious gemstones, particularly turquoise which she often acquired during her travels throughout the southwest U.S. An avid gardener who enjoyed growing her own food, Lea tended a greenhouse, fruit tree orchard, vegetable and herb garden, and berry patches at her home, and shared her love of gardening as a volunteer at Mendocino's Kelley House Museum. Lea also enjoyed mushroom foraging, drying and grinding her harvests for cooking, and was also a regular participant in "stab-an-ab" harvests, gathering Mendocino coast abalone for over 40 years. A born-again Christian, Lea was a longtime member of the Mendocino Presbyterian Church, which was at the center of her spiritual and social life. She participated as a choir member and was a dedicated volunteer assisting in many of the church's outreach programs, particularly those serving the homeless and hungry. Lea is survived by her brother, Earl Edward Hoyt, Jr. of Wantage, N.J.; four nephews (Myles McKeone, Francis McKeone, Earl Hoyt III, and Justin Hoyt); and dozens of great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Geraldine Elizabeth McKeone.
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