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Anita Marie Tapp

July 10, 1943 — September 2, 2021

Anita Marie Tapp

Anita “Toni” Marie Tapp, 78, of Shawnee Springs in Bellefontaine, Ohio went to be with the Lord Thursday, September 2, 2021. She was born in Dayton, Ohio July 10, 1943, a daughter of the late Vincent and Louise Tapp.

On November 28, 1959, she married Ted Mathews of Ajo, Arizona and had six children. Surviving children are Jeff Mathews of Arizona, Charles (Traci) Mathews of Virginia, Jewelia Mathews of Arizona and Wesley Mathews of Arizona; eleven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Alice (Tony) Inskeep of Belle Center, Ohio and Avis “Dee” Torence of Huntsville, Ohio; several cousins, nieces and nephews and her best friend throughout her life, Sharon Van Buskirk.

Anita’s caregivers were her niece Dayna Kite, her neighbor Connie Rollins and friend Becky Silva of Arizona. In addition to her parents, Anita was preceded in death by her former husband Dale Deardurff; two sons, Randall Mathews and Vincent Mathews; her sister, Ann Coleman and two brothers, Donald Tapp and Charles Tapp.

Anita enjoyed her large family and getting together to share stories. She loved writing short stories and sharing them with others. Among them were family travels throughout the United States, attending several different schools as a child and living on the Tapp family farm on County Road 20 in Rushsylvania, Ohio. She was a member of the Rushsylvania Rough Riders Saddle Club. In her later years, Anita made her home both in Arizona and Ohio.

Her strong faith, love for the Lord and determination guided her through the difficult times.

Per Anita’s request, there will be no public services.

The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Bellefontaine is honored to serve the Tapp family.


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