A magnificent light has left our world. Ms. Anita Adsit, 56, of Winter Park, FL succumbed to her hard-fought, two year battle with cancer on May, 29, 2020. Born September 9, 1963 in Lubbock, TX to cherished parents, the late Guy Dallas Adsit, Jr. and Mary Ann (Duane) Adsit. She is survived by loving sisters and brothers Michele Adsit and her husband, John Simon, Tara Adsit and her husband, Anthony J. Kroes, Guy D. Adsit, III and his wife, Suzanne, Duane Michael Adsit, and Dede Adsit; nieces and nephews Nicholas Adsit Vander Loop, CPT Peter L. Simon and his wife, Bridget and their son, Declán, Noah Adsit Vander Loop, Emmie Adsit, Keelie Adsit, and Guy Dallas Adsit, IV.
Ms. Adsit lived in Texas, Mississippi and Japan all before attending Winter Park High School. It is here she continued to develop her love for the theater having early exposure to productions as a child in Japan. An alumni of Rollins College in Winter Park she received a BA in Theater Arts in 1985. Her extraordinary, talent as an actor enabled her to attend the prestigious Actor’s Theater of Louisville after graduating from Rollins. From there she made her home between New York City and Los Angeles where she excelled as a producer, a director and actor. She is the Founding member of The Metropolis Players which created many productions at The West Bank Theater Cafe in NYC and The Tamarind Theater in LA. As a life long quilter, her artistic talent with fabric evolved to such skill she was able to stitch photorealistic portraits of American Icons which were sold in galleries in New York, NY, Provincetown, MA, and Palm Springs, CA.
Anita’s kindness and giving nature made it effortless for her to amass many, many lifelong friends who today are saddened but all are kinder and more thoughtful for her friendship. An unstoppable spirit with a penchant for daring (legal) mischief, she was a Pied Piper with a smile as big and bright as her soul. All who knew her went willingly and wholeheartedly on her many magnificent adventures. It is this loving legacy we will hold dear until we are reunited.
A virtual Celebration of Life to honor Anita will start Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 4pm EST on the Zoom Meeting Platform. For those wishing to attend, please, send your email addresses to Michele Adsit at firstname.lastname@example.org. All attending will need to download the Zoom app prior to the meeting. An additional celebration in New York City will be announced at a time when it is safe to gather.
In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting a scholarship in Anita’s memory. The scholarship will be awarded to theater students at Rollins College who exemplify Anita’s bright spirit as a loyal and giving friend, accomplished and talented artist, and gifted maker-of-merriment. Checks can be made payable to “Annie Russell Theater” and mailed to 1000 Holt Avenue – Box 2735, Winter Park, FL 32789, or call 407-646-2253 to make your gift directly. If sending checks, please indicate the “Anita Adsit Memorial Fund.” It is just such a scholarship that enabled Anita to attend and graduate from Rollins with honors. She would be overjoyed to know this is a continuing part of her loving legacy.
Susan Bridges Nies
Rollins College '85
I didn't have the opportunity to meet Anita personally, but I felt I knew her through the wonderful stories of her that you shared. Although her time on earth wasn't nearly long enough, she certainly lived life to the fullest! Her legacy will continue on through the many gifts that she shared with others, including the beautiful fabric photo of the kids that is hanging in our house. I will treasure it always.
She was blessed to have you with her in her final years. Please take comfort in knowing that she is now in heaven, reunited with your parents. We will keep you, Tony, Nick, Noah, and your whole family in our prayers in these days and weeks to come.