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Park district honors Anita Shearer's memory
(This story originally appeared in the Hesperia Star Tuesday, August 15, 2006)
The Hesperia Recreation and Park District honored city founding mother Anita Shearer with a tree planted in her name last week.
A small group gathered by the shores of Hesperia Lake to witness the unveiling of a Purple Robe Locus in Shearer's name and a nearby Mondale Pine for her husband, Val.
Shearer died at age 87 on July 20. Her favorite color was purple.
One of the city's first power couples, the Shearers moved in parallel as they established or served on many of the city's institutions, including the Hesperia volunteer fire department and Women's Fire Auxillary, the first Hesperia City Council and the Hesperia Area Recreation District Foundation. When her husband founded the Hesperia Wranglers, she worked on the Hesperia Rodeo Book, a task she continued for three decades. She also organized the Hesperia Rodeo Queen's Contest.
"Thank you, everybody, I just love this place," Val Shearer said at the conclusion of the ceremony. He will be leaving the city to live with his children. "I hate to leave, so I'm viewing this like a vacation. I might hitchhike back."
Beau Yarbrough can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 956-7108.