Anita Kathryn Mapes, age 93, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Cumming. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clell Bernard Mapes; parents, Hugh N. and Marjorie Beattie; sister, Carolyn; and brother, Hugh Van. She is survived by daughter, Mindy; and son-in-law, Bill Root of Mons, Belgium; son, Bernard; and daughter-in-law, Lynn Mapes of Suwanee; son, Creston; and daughter-in-law, Patty of Buford; and seven grandchildren, Abigail, Amanda, Bradley, Hannah, Esther, Andrew, and Creston Paul. Anita had fond memories of growing up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where she attended Chagrin Falls High School and met her future husband of 52 years. Anita's dad and his brothers, Milton and Reave Beattie, owned H.W. Beattie and Sons Fine Jewelry Store on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. Anita was a long-time member of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society. Born Aug. 9, 1923, Anita was President of the Tri Delta Sorority at the University of Iowa, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Art in 1946. She received a scholarship from the Danish National Museum to do excavation work in Bornholm, Finland, Sweden, and Norway; her team unearthed an iron needle dating back to the Iron Age. Anita traveled to Copenhagen and Prague, then lived in Paris for a season, soaking in its Art and Culture. She worked her way back to the States as a stewardess on a commercial ship, and lived in New York City for a time, working at a drugstore, "watching for shoplifters." Longing for more travel and study, Anita received a call from the captain of a Norwegian ship and boarded as a stewardess the next day, sailing for Genoa, Italy. For a time, she rented a house with girlfriends in Florence, Italy, visited the ruins of Pompey, and studied early Christian art in Spain. When Anita returned to Ohio, she became engaged to Bernie Mapes, who owned a furniture store in Brecksville, Ohio. After marrying on May 15, 1954, Bernie and Anita opened The Weathervane Furniture Store in Bath, Ohio, which they owned and operated for 30 years. Anita handled much of the Interior Design for "The Shop," where the whole family lived upstairs for a number of years, until moving to their longtime home on Brentwood Drive in Bath. Anita enjoyed serving behind the scenes at Bath United Church of Christ. Bernie and Anita sold The Weathervane Shop in 1987 and enjoyed wintering in Englewood, Fla.; visiting their grandchildren in Atlanta; seeing Mindy and Bill in Belgium; and traveling to Europe on several occasions. In 2006, Anita and Bernie moved to Cumming, to be closer to Bernard and Creston. Anita made friends immediately and enjoyed swimming, painting, reading, and gathering with friends and family. She was a smart, funny, generous, classy lady who will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to The Lionheart School (225 Roswell St., Alpharetta, GA 30009 - www.thelionheartschool.com ), a non-profit organization, serving children on the autism spectrum, where Anita's oldest granddaughter, Abigail, teaches. McDonald and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.com. Sign our online guestbook at forsythnews.com.
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