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In loving memory of
Anita Magrone Canfield
  • May 08, 1938
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  • March 09, 2022

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Married for 62 years to the love of her life, Anita is survived by her husband Richard, daughter Kate (NSB), sons Matthew (Pineville, LA), and Scott (NSB), sister Lenora Magrone (NSB), brother Sam Magrone (Delaware), and three grandchildren

Originally from Berwick, PA, Anita won a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Nursing Program where she earned her RN degree. It was here she literally fell (down a ladder) into the arms of Dick Canfield, her future husband.

In 1966 the Canfields moved onto a 42’ houseboat in Miami with their small children, ages 2, 3, and 4.   They spent many happy weekends cruising Biscayne Bay and the Upper Keys while Anita worked at South Miami hospital and Dick taught at Miami Dade Community College during the week.

In 1973 the family moved to NSB and Anita worked first at Bert Fish Memorial Hospital, then later for a local dermatologist until health problems forced an early retirement.

Her greatest passion was reading and she always had a stack of books by her side. She is a past President of Friends of the New Smyrna Beach Library. She was renowned for her creativity and skill in the kitchen where it was said she would never be captive to the tyranny of a recipe. Anita worked tirelessly in her many beautiful flower gardens; and created many works of art in her quilts and needle work.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to your local hospice or animal shelter in Anita’s memory.


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  1. Angie and Randy Herman says:
    16 Mar 2022
    Our hearts go out to Kate and her family. No matter how anticipated the death of a parent may be, it always feels sudden and shocking. It is as if a part of one's self is missing. The grief is deep both for what was and what was not, for those special times and for for times that were not will spent. May the family and all who knew Anita find comfort.

  2. Cheryl A Canfield says:
    15 Mar 2022
    I will never forget the relationship that Aunt Anita had with Pop Kraft! Black gloves in envelopes mailed back and forth! Talk of canaries in the mail as a "mafia signature." Those two were quite the cards: the German and the Wop!! Terrific photo of Aunt Anita.
    Love, Chery Canfield

  3. Linda Canfield says:
    15 Mar 2022
    I’m not gonna say Rest In Peace, because you don’t really rest and you should just enjoy the afterlife until Uncle Dick gets there! I will always remember our visits, the bread rising in Nana’s closet, the bra test, and your love of Pop and the Wop! So glad to know you fell into Uncle Dick’s arms all those years ago. Have always loved my Aunt Anita!! Love, Linda

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