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Dedicated and true in her 85 years of life, Anita passed peacefully from this earth on December 4, 2017 in Mesa, AZ. Born in Woodruff, AZ on July 24, 1932, this Pioneer Day baby was the first born of Floyd and Olive Kemp Turley.


As a youth, Anita attended Holbrook High School and graduated Salutatorian. Following high school graduation, Anita attended a secretarial school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Later, she returned to Holbrook High School and worked in the office as the secretary for the next three and a half years.


A desire to earn a degree in Elementary Education prompted Anita to move to the Valley and become a Sun Devil at Arizona State University. It was there that she met her sweetheart, Richard Keith Hallsted. They dated, fell in love, and were married in the Mesa, Arizona Temple for time and all eternity on August 23, 1958. Nine months later, Anita would graduate, eight months pregnant, with their first child, Lisa. Together they had seven of the best children in the world.


Anita was a dedicated mother and wife. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all her life and served in many different callings, but could be found most Sundays playing the organ or serving in the library.


Anita Turley Hallsted is survived by children: Lisa (Don) Lussier, Barry (Julie) Hallsted, Roger (Celia) Hallsted, Rayna (Ross) Nichols, Karen (Scott) Jackson, Bruce (Brooke) Hallsted, 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren along with siblings Wanda (Edward) Karges, Christine (Hal) Smith, and Milton (Shirlene) Turley. She was preceded in death by her eternal companion, Richard Keith Hallsted, son, Ron Kenyon Hallsted, parents, Floyd and Olive Turley, brothers Tom Turley and Kemp (Joycelyn) Turley and sisters Janice Johnson and Lucille Layton.


There will be a memorial service for Anita on Saturday December 16, 2017 at 12 Noonin the Cornerstone LDS ward chapel, located on University and Mesa Drive in Mesa, AZ. She will be interred in the City of Mesa Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family via www.rosehillaz.com.
Published on December 13, 2017
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