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Local teacher remembered for her positive, gentle spirit

More than 55 years have passed, but Larry Cartwright still remembers Anna Partington, his kindergarten teacher, as a “child magnet.”

Partington taught kindergarten and first grade at the former Bell Hill School in Grass Valley for decades. She died May 15 at her home in Grass Valley at the age of 91.

Her longtime colleagues, acquaintances and family members paid homage to her for her gentleness, positive attitude and love of children.

“Mrs. Partington was one of those teachers that any child would be drawn to,” Cartwright, 63, said. “She was petite and lovely and very nice to the kids. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t feel the same way about her.”

Kathy Cassano worked with Partington for eight years.

“I’ve never seen her harsh with children,” Cassano said. “Anna was always so positive, she gave children a good foundation at the beginning of their education by being that way.

“So over the years, whenever her name popped up in a conversation, someone would always say, ‘Oh! I had Mrs. Partington as a kindergartner or first grader, and I loved her,'” Cassano said.

Partington was born in Nevada City and lived in Nevada County her entire life. She was married to “her high school sweetheart for 68 years,” said Gigi Hurst, Partington’s daughter. “She had a very happy marriage,” Hurst added.

Partington also enjoyed riding, traveling and spending time in her cabin in Lake Tahoe.

“Her entire life, she made up her mind to be happy,” Hurst said. “It was really a conscious decision.

“My mother was also very religious. Her personal faith was that God would watch out and take care of problems,” Hurst added.

Services for Mrs. Partington were held Thursday. She is survived by her husband, George Justin Partington; daughter, Gigi Hurst; son-in-law, Terry Hurst, grandchildren Justin Hurst, Patrick Hurst, Evan Hurst and Emily Troxel and her husband, Adam.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Aileen Whiting, Alberta “Tommy” Chapman and Betty Haag; and brothers Arthur McCrea and Allan McCrea.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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