Vail Daily obituary: Anita Brown Carney, 1921-2013 |

Vail Daily obituary: Anita Brown Carney, 1921-2013


Born Feb. 9, 1921 in San Francisco. She was educated to become a kindergarten teacher, with minors in music and art, until World War II and the twinkle of a handsome soldier’s eye captured her heart.

She was happily married to Thomas A. Carney for 36 years before her husband’s untimely passing.

She raised three children and helped found Carney Refrigeration.

Although Anita preferred being a stay-at-home mom when she settled into a just-emerging Millbrae, Calif., she also enjoyed dressing to the nines, traveling to luxurious destinations and often visited the Vail Valley.

As a girl, she was active in Rainbow Girls and loved ice skating, where she met the love of her life.

She became an accomplished oil painter, excellent cook and dress-maker, and loved opera.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew her as Mimsy and quickly learned she loved to spoil them by keeping candy everywhere.

She is survived by her three children, Tom Carney and his wife, Cherie, of Burlingame, Calif.; Carleen Carney Heckendorf and her husband Robert, of Gypsum; Dale Carney and his wife Paula, of Millbrae, Calif.; her six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as her brother, Bertram Brown, of Walnut Creek, Calif.

Anita joined her husband to enjoy eternal peace on May 11.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks any interested parties to simply pass on an act of kindness.

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