Anita Lillian (Spehar) Moneypenny was born to Thomas and Elaine Maloney, March 14, 1963, in Washtenaw County, MI. Anita lived in New Boston and Detroit, Michigan, until she was 15 years old, she then moved to Taylor, Michigan, with her Uncle Eddie and Aunt Arlene Spehar. She graduated from Kennedy High.
Anita would find her forever home at the age of 28 in Lansing, MI, raising her 8 children. She was an amazing woman who started things out of the basement of her home doing arts and crafts plus 4-H. She also took in kids who lived on the streets.
She met a woman named Ms. Jane who would help her by moving everything over to Bethany Baptist Church. Once there was no more room, a community center was built and this is where everyone in the Baker Street area would change forever. Anita would write grants, fundraise and get donations so that the children could go to Cedar Point and they could have programs such as the senior group, the single dad’s group, abstinence programs, and more programs than anybody could ever dream of. She also had Nickelodeon’s big help come in and everyone was amazed.
Anita not only worked in the city of Lansing she also traveled going to Peru and helping children and adults down there by building a center as well. She also traveled to Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Florida, and many other states doing so many great things.
Remember Anita as a giving woman with a kind heart and a beautiful smile and a personality that would light up the room. She would never leave any child behind and she loved each and every one of you.
She is survived by her mother, Elaine Maloney; brother, Tom (Chris) Maloney; sister, Cindy (Charlie) Strawser; and 8 children, Dave (Ellen) Vassallo, Stephanie (Depatrick Allen) Moneypenny, Lisa (Yuno) Gulick, Mandy Moneypenny, Mathew Moneypenny, Jessica Brunner, Jennifer Brunner, and her youngest son, Eddie (Salinaz), who she loved more than anything. Anita was a grandmother to 13 grandchildren who knew her best as Moppie. She is also survived by her foster children, Tonya Nichols, Bradly Wicks, John Manner, and all the kids in the Baker Street area!
May everyone who has been touched by Anita’s kindness and generosity continue her work, so that her legacy lives on. Become active in your community, feed the hungry and care for the children.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 549 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Rest in Peace
Anita Lillian Moneypenny
3/14/1963 – 5/08/16