ARIZONA CITY — Nita Fay Fry, 73, died on Oct. 17, 2019, in Arizona City.

Mrs. Fry was born on Aug. 13, 1946, in Long Beach, California, to George and Margie (Simpson) Stapish. The family moved to Westcreek, Colorado, soon thereafter to join other family members. As a youngster, she attended the one-room schoolhouse next door to where they lived and spent lots of time with her grandparents just down the road, her brothers and cousins. She attended high school in Woodland Park, Colorado. She married Vic Hines and had two daughters.

In 1975, she married the love of her life, Lannie Fry. They began their life together in Woodland Park, and she worked hard alongside Lannie in the businesses they owned, Fry Construction, Horsecreek Café Campground and Saloon, and Pikes Peak Auto Body. Staying near to her roots, they made their home for the last 35 years in Westcreek. There she enjoyed gardening, creating and crafting. She enjoyed her granddaughter and was very involved with her. She also cherished being a “grand-dog-ma" to her many four-legged "grandkids."

She and Lannie became snowbirds, spending more and more time in Arizona and eventually purchasing a second home in Arizona City. This is where she learned to love golf. She was an active member of the community, volunteering for many nonprofit fundraising events throughout the years. She was a creative woman whose happy place was cooking and entertaining family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, camping, playing golf and working on projects with Lannie. Decorating was her forte, making everything she touched special. She was known for her zest for life, love for her family and free spirit.

She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years; two daughters, Tammy Ryan and Cindy Swinarski; three brothers, Floyd, Bill and Ron Stapish; and a granddaughter.

Celebration of life with potluck at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Woodland Park.

Angels in Waiting Cremation & Burial in charge of arrangements.

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