Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully on November 9, 2022 at Timber Ridge Assisted Living with her family by her side.
Anita graduated from Eureka High School in 1945. She soon married Harold Brazil and became the wife of a hard-working dairyman, and they began their large family of ten children, Francis (Sharon) Brazil, David Brazil, Eileen (Dennis) Chism, Philip (Jean) Brazil, Joel (Donna) Brazil, Louise (Tim) Monson, Trude (Alan) Pape, Karen (John) Renner, Eric (Michelle) Brazil and Gina Brazil.
In 1977, Harold passed away after 32 years of marriage. In 1980, she married her brother-in-law, Henry Brazil, a long-time bachelor, who inherited the large family. They were married 39 years before Henry passed away in 2019.
Anita was a very devout Catholic, a loving mother and grandmother. She loved gardening, reading and raising African violets.
She will be remembered as a person who put her family first, last and always and enjoyed life to the fullest. She made our world a better place and will be greatly missed by all of us.
Anita was preceded in death by her first husband Harold Brazil and her second husband Henry Brazil, her daughter Eileen Chism, grandson Troy Brazil, her parents Stewart and Mathilde Atwell, her brothers Warren “Buster” Atwell, Gerald “Dick” Atwell, her brothers-in-law Jim Cruz, Tom Golbov, Ralph Brazil, Max Cardoza and Ernest Christensen, her sisters-in-law Norma Brazil and Cecelia Christensen.
She is survived by her nine children, 19 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, sisters Colleen Cruz and Joan Golbov, sister-in-laws Flora Cardoza, LaDonna Atwell and Donna Atwell, daughter-in-law Barbara Brazil and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Timber Ridge Assisted Living and their wonderful care givers, especially the awesome night duty care givers who sat with our mom all night in the last few weeks of her life. Also, a special thank you to Hospice of Humboldt and First Choice Care Home for their compassionate care of our dear mother.
Visitation will be at Sander’s Mortuary on Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Eureka. Officiated by Rev. Michael Cloney. Due to the holiday weekend, Anita will be laid to rest at St. Bernard’s Cemetery on Monday, November 28, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Pall Bearers are grandsons Blaine Brazil, Ross Brazil, Josh Monson, Casey Pape, Kyle Poli and Blake Renner. Honorary Pall Bearers are grandsons Bryan Brazil, Joseph Brazil, Michael Brazil, and Jared Pape.
Friends and family are invited to attend a reception at the Ferndale Town Hall, 834 Main St., Ferndale, CA 95536
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Humboldt, 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka, CA 95503 or your favorite charity.