On Thursday, March 19, 2015 Anita Vizcaya passed away in her sleep, after a productive day of making candles in the farm house kitchen and going to bed happy. Her family is grateful for the mercy that she left this world peacefully and without pain.
All who knew her, realized that Anita was a wonderful mother and friend. Alex and Anita were a team, working together with a shared respect and love between them that was unmistakable. One of her favorite quotes, and the one that her family named as her memorial statement is from "On Motherhood" by Elizabeth Stone: "Making the decision to have a child-it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
Anita was born in Mt Vernon, Washington, and grew up on her parents' farm, Jessie's Berries. Located in Skagit County, the farm was named by her father to honor Jessie, Anita's mother, when they began farming in the late 50's. Anita took on a greater share of the farming as her parents grew older and the farming became harder for them. And like so many small farmers must, she worked full time in a real-world job too. She retired last year from the Tesoro Refinery, after a long and illustrious professional career.
Long after Anita's Dad passed away, the 3 Vizcaya women worked diligently to keep the berry farm productive. We benefited from their hard work. Their ever present beautiful and infectious smiles were glorious gifts to all the people who came to the market, not to mention the marvelous berries they brought to us each week.