Anita Swatzell Stanberry St. Lawrence


Age 83, of Mt. Pleasant, TN passed away on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at her residence. Anita was born to the late Earl Stanberry and the late Dr. Dosi E. Cook Stanberry in Elizabethton, Tennessee on July 14, 1932.

Raised on a working dairy farm in the beautiful hills of East Tennessee, Anita gained an appreciation for the simple life as well as a respect for hard work A graduate of Happy Valley High School, Anita went on to earn her undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University and her Masters from the University of South Florida in Education.

Anita's move with her family to Bradenton, Florida in the early 1960s led her to a fruitful 20 year career serving the students of Bradenton and Palmetto. Her positions ranged from high school teacher to career and occupational advisor to eventually a middle school dean. Retiring in 1985, Anita was instrumental in influencing and shaping the lives of thousands of area students. With the spirit of adventure, Anita lived in both Michigan and North Carolina after retirement, before relocating to Middle Tennessee to be closer to family. Wherever she called home, Anita was active in her church and loved serving her community.

She is survived by her current husband: Robert V. St. Lawrence of Mt. Pleasant; children: Karen (Bill) Pfaender of Franklin, Tennessee and William J. (Beth) Swatzell of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Graveside Services for Anita will be held at Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, Tennessee on Sunday, August 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers and escorts. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to International Family Clinic, 2105 Maple Ave. Burlington, NC 27215 (C/O Dr. Rosemary Fernandez Stein). Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences may be made at:

- Published in The Bradenton Herald on Sept. 5, 2015


May the Lord bless the family of this wonderful and great person.
She will be truly missed.
- Anthony Dunbar

- submitted by Anthony Dunbar on 09/09/2015


Lasting and pleasant memories of a quality educator....
- Herman Haynes

- submitted by Herman Haynes on 09/10/2015


With deepest sympathy beautiful person who smiled all the time.
I know you're in heaven smiling at the students you taught at Palmetto High School.
- Lynda Harvey

- submitted by Lynda Harvey on 09/10/2015


As a student of Mrs. Swatzell and a member of the class of 1971 (Palmetto High School), I thank and appreciate all she did for us. From being our Sr. class sponsor, to being a chaperone on our Sr. class trip to Washington D.C.
Her family will be in my thoughts and prayers. We have lost a great one.
- Luann Knopp Phillips.

- submitted by Luann Knopp Phillips on 09/10/2015


I loved Ms. Swatzell, she was one of my all time favorite teachers, never did we know that what she taught us would be such an art in the future. She was funny, smart, and a sweet lady.
Praying that her family will have peace and that God will continue to bless her family in knowing she is standing with our Savior Jesus Christ..
- Darlene Thornton Crissman

- submitted by Darlene Thornton Crissman on 09/10/2015


I remember Mrs. Swatzell, very well, she was always trying to impress upon me the art of being on time. In fact, in our yearbook, is the boldest memory I have of her admonishing me to be on time in life with her usual tardy slip.
R.I.P. Mrs Swatzell, praying that her family will find peace in the memories of her joyous spirit!
- Joyce Taylor-Williams

- submitted by Joyce Taylor-Williams on 09/11/2015


May God always be with the family and many friends of such a wonderful person, teacher, and friend.
She will be missed dearly by everyone who was lucky to know her.
- Teresa Hindall Baney

- submitted by Teresa Hindall Baney on 09/13/2015


I am grateful to have had my life touched by this inspirational woman in my teen years. She was a teacher and a mentor to me through her work as our Senior Class Sponsor, my accounting teacher and as our FBLA sponsor.
I'm a better person for having known her.
- Sharon Willis

- submitted by Sharon Willis on 09/15/2015

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