Anita Wilson Kodas died peacefully Monday morning, April 15, surrounded by her family, at Villa St. Francis in Olathe, KS, a community she loved during the five years she lived there. She was five-days shy of her 88th birthday.
Anita was born in Kansas City, MO on April 20, 1925, to Fern and Percy Wilson. She attended Paseo High School and enjoyed helping to put together her high school class reunions and visiting friends from her childhood.
After World War II she married Ralph Polson, of Garrettsville, Ohio, and lived there until returning to Kansas City in 1951. Her family built a house in Leawood, KS, and she worked at Roddis Lumber Company, the Bendix Corporation, and as a court reporter in Kansas City, MO.
In 1960 she married Melvin Kodas and moved to a farm in Tonganoxie, KS, but the family moved back to the Kansas City area in 1963. After the last of her children finished high school, Anita returned to college herself, earning a degree in computer programming from Johnson County Community College in 1982. After graduation she worked at the Boy Scouts of America until her retirement.
Anita enjoyed travel, touring extensively in New England, Europe, Mexico and New Zealand. At home she doted on several dogs and cats, and was an avid reader. She drew her greatest joy, however, from her sons and their children, whom she visited often.
She is survived by Doug and Pam Polson, of Lenexa, KS; Jeff Polson, Nara Wood and Jaya Polson, of Sebastopol, CA; Michael Kodas and Carolyn Moreau, of Boulder, CO; Todd, Jackie, Gunnar, Cassidy, Delaney, and Alexandra Kodas, of Peculiar, MO; Aimee Dillingham, of Lawrence, KS, and Melanie Polson, of Shawnee Mission, KS.
She was pre-deceased by her parents and Jack Polson.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Newcomers Funeral Home, 8201 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66204, 913-648-6224. A private family burial will be held at Mt. Moriah Cemetery
The family requests Memorial Contributions in honor of Anita to go to Villa St. Francis 16600 W. 126th St, Olathe, KS, 66062 and to Catholic Charities of Kansas City 20 West 9th Street Kansas City, MO, 64105.