Anita Ladner Russo

March 20, 1957 - October 20, 2016
Anita Ladner Russo

Anita Ladner Russo, age 59 of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, October 20th at home after a long struggle with COPD.

Anita was born March 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, VA to the late William B. Ladner and Doris Smith Ladner.

Anita thoroughly enjoyed doing crafts, coloring pictures, taking care of the elderly, but most of all she adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with them. She was a devoted daughter, mother, grandmother (Nana) , sibling, and aunt and was always there for anyone that needed her help or just someone to talk to. Her passion in life was helping others in any way that she could. She touched the lives of many and she will be missed greatly by all.

Anita is survived by her three children, son, Kenny Boyd with daughter-in-law Kristi Boyd of Carolina Beach,NC, son Brian Boyd and daughter Jennifer Boyd, both of Wilmington, NC; grandchildren Kaden Boyd, Konnor Boyd, and Kayla Boyd; and also her five brothers and sisters, Ronald Ladner (Rhonda) of Laveen, AZ, Elaine Cashion (Ray) of Asheboro, NC and Mike Ladner (Charlene), Teresa Thrush, and Steve Ladner, all of Wilmington NC. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and friends all of which she loved dearly.

There will be a graveside service on Tuesday October 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Oleander Memorial Gardens. Flowers may be sent to the Wilmington Funeral Chapel or to Oleander Memorial Gardens.

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  • October 24, 2016
    Judy & Chris Swann says:
    So sorry for your loss! Anita always had a smile on her face! She greeted us many times when she worked at Pirates Table. Praying for you all!

  • October 25, 2016
    Donna Coleman Bailey says:
    To all of Anita's family I am so sorry. I have so many good and funny memories of Anita, Teresa and I walking up and down Masonboro Loop Road back and forth to each other's house all the time. We laughed, cried (but not much), talked, cussed like sailors at times but most of all we had fun! I'll never forget it. RIP my friend.

  • October 25, 2016
    Iris Jackson says:
    To Anita's family: Our family, Iris Bordeaux Jackson John Jackson ~ Jackie Bordeaux Harrison~ Crystal Harrison Meehan~Brandon Harrison~Nichole Harrison~Stephanie Jackson We would like to tell you all how sorry we are for your loss. Also, We would like to tell you how much Anita meant to us. She stayed with our mom from the first day she came home from rehabilatation after her stroke. She was in our lives for 3 years, and became a part of our family! We all loved her, especially my mom, whom Anita called " Bird" She kept mom busy making necklaces and crafts with her one good hand. She would help mom make us all B~day, Christmas presents, which of course meant the world to us, and we will cherish them forever!!! She never let her feel or act like a victim. If mom didn't feel like doing something Anita would say, "Oh, come on woman, suck it up" smile emoticon:) I honestly don't think mom would be as independent as she is now if Anita hadn't been with her from the begining. smile emoticon:) When mom got excited or try to talk too fast after her stroke, she would stutter a little. Anita would say " Spit it out Bird" Mom would laugh and say "I'm~ma trying. grin emoticon:D When her health started to decline and she could no longer take care of mom, it left such a void in our lives, mom was devastated. We talked by text last month, Anita said she wanted to come see her and maybe do some crafts with her for the holidays. I told her mom would love that!!! She was a blessing to us all. We all loved and will miss you Anita Russo (AKA) Row~eneeeeeeeeeee

  • October 26, 2016
    Joyce W. says:
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your loved one, Anita. May you find comfort in the healing words of Revelation 21:4.

  • November 06, 2016
    Kim Farrow ( says:
    I just learned about Anita's passing. It made me remember our bus stop. I thought "what a tough girl, wearing a bomber jacket and lighting cigarettes ". I mean, how old were we, 6,7,8,actually 12! Most of the bus got suspended for walking to the 7 11 from Roland Grise. Anita was tough, sweet and funny. I'll miss her and am happy to have been her friend.