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AnnLee Tavares

Died: Sat., Sep. 28, 2013

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AnnLee Tavares

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STEVENSVILLE - AnnLee Tavares, 71, of Stevensville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 12:05 a.m. after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on Nov. 19, 1941, in Oakland, Calif., to Edd and Althea Vargas (Nichols). As a young girl, she lived with her family on a ranch in Fremont, Calif. On Aug. 12, 1961, she married John Tavares, her loving husband of 52 years. They resided initially in Fremont and later in Vacaville, Calif., until retiring and moving in 1997 to Stevensville.

She was a member of the Niles, Calif., chapter of SPRSI, the ABC Doll Club of Fremont and The Book Club of Hamilton. For a number of years, she volunteered at the Winsor House Convalescent Hospital in Vacaville and the Bitterroot Living Center in Stevensville, where she brought cheer and joy to the residents by bringing her beloved cat Jazzy to visit. She was an avid doll and toy collector and enjoyed doll making.

She is survived by her husband, John Tavares of Stevensville; one son, Bob Tavares and wife Michelle of Florence; two daughters, Marina DeWynter and husband Michael of Vacaville, Calif., and Cindy Tavares and boyfriend Jim Nau of Stevensville; and six grandchildren, Marcella, Gabbie, Nathan, Cheyenne, Joao and Nikolas.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Whitesitt Funeral Home, 314 Church St., Stevensville, with interment at Maplewood Cemetery and reception to follow at Stevensville United Methodist Church, 216 College St.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to either: Team Up Montana, 900 N. Orange St., Suite 201, Missoula, MT 59802, 329-5640, teamupmontana.com; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, 1-800-227-2345 cancer.org/mosaic (To read AnnLee's story, click on the box in the center of the page labeled "Mosaic" then scroll down to "Find an Existing Mosaic Webpage" and enter "AnnLee Tavares").

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Bruce and Jan Agrella
   Posted Wed October 02, 2013
John and family,
We would like you to know we are thinking of you at this time. Although we didn't see Annalee often over the years, we did keep in touch by Christmas card and email over the last 15 years. We all went to high school together and were close at that time. Bruce went to grade school with her also. We are so sorry for your loss. She will be missed. Bruce and Janice Agrella

Gary and Glenda Edgeworth
   Posted Thu October 03, 2013
John and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. AnnLee was a great lady and will be missed. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for your family.
Gary and Glenda Edgeworth

Teresa Baldridge
   Posted Sun October 06, 2013
John and family,
I am very sorry to learn of you beloved AnnLee's death. It was a pleasure to have known her and to have had the chance to participate in her medical care. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Teresa Baldridge

Peter and Mindi van Gemeren
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Dear John, Robert, Marina, Cynthia, and families,
We are thinking of you all during this time of grieving. AnnLee was a remarkable woman--one to be admired for her courage in her many battles against cancer. We know that her positive presence will be greatly missed and hope that you will be able to draw strength from your wonderful memories of AnnLee that you can share during this time.
With sympathy,
Peter and Mindi

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