Anita Mary Hairston, 47, of Frederick, MD passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on Jan. 12, 2014. She was born in Des Moines, IA on April15, 1966, to Henry and Dorothy Hairston. She graduated from Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret, MD where she was an outstanding 3-sport varsity athlete and was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Hartford, where she received her B.S. in English and Secondary Education. She also earned her M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Hood College. \n\nAnita is survived by her parents, her sisters Paula Winkowski (spouse James Winkowski) of Brookfield, WI, and Henrietta Collins (spouse Terrance Collins) of Lake Villa, IL, nieces Hannah Collins, Hailey Collins, Hillary Collins, Rochelle Franklin, and Jessica Winkowski, and nephews Ryan Franklin, Jamespaul Winkowski and Joseph Winkowski. She also leaves partners in life Suzannah Weiss, Jensine Larsen, and Schmootz, her cat, as well as an incredible amount of loving friends she had collected and nurtured throughout her life. She was predeceased by her beloved siblings, sister Lorraine Hairston and brothers Mark Hairston and Joseph Franklin. \n\nAnita rocked a 26-year career in the Frederick County Public Schools and inspired many students and teachers and colleagues in her dedication as a teacher, administrator, and director of the Maryland Writing Project. She thoroughly enjoyed her students and co-workers at Walkersville Middle School, TJ High School, TJ Middle School, Windsor Knolls Middle School, and most recently as assistant principal at New Market Middle School. \n\nAnyone who met Anita would say she fully lived her motto, Carpe Diem, and that she was a defender of Justice, a force of nature, and passionate about learning and life. She loved her nieces and nephews, and had extraordinary taste in wine, women, popcorn, pizza, French fries, and tacos. She was an enthusiastic golfer, a gracious entertainer at her beloved historic home, a master of game nights, a Zen gardener in her hidden urban oasis, a world traveler, and a lover of argyle, Puma, disco music, matching outfits with her glasses and, most of all, her family and friends.\n\nA celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 18 from 2 to 5 pm at Governor Thomas Johnson High School (TJ) auditorium, located at 1501 N. Market St., Frederick, MD 21701. You are encouraged to honor her style and attitude by wearing argyle, a cool hat, Puma gear, or matching glasses. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to an organization Anita strongly supported, World Pulse, a women's media network connecting women worldwide to bring them a global voice. Gifts in Anita's name can be sent to World Pulse, 1006 SE Grand, Suite 200, Portland OR 97214 or www.WorldPulse.com.