When not raising her children, Anita did volunteer work at various hospitals, loved sewing (especially Raggedy Ann dolls as baby gifts), traveling and entertaining family and friends.
Here is what Brenna had to say about the party- “I really wanted a fun new theme for my daughters first Birthday party, one day I found my moms old raggedy ann dolls and thought it was the perfect fit! I also found a cute Raggedy Ann doll at a local antique store with a heart pattern and just went with it. I found a vintage high chair and repurposed it and had her dress custom made by Susan Schroeder. The cake smash outfit was made by tutu creations by Kesha.
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One day in 1915, as the story goes, Johnny Gruelle’s daughter Marcella brought him an old rag doll. He drew a face on the worn fabric and called the doll Raggedy Ann. Gruelle, a cartoonist and illustrator, wrote a children’s book about Raggedy Ann in 1918. Publisher P. F. Volland arranged to sell Raggedy Ann dolls along with the books, and the tie-in between Gruelle’s Raggedy Ann Stories and the dolls proved a marketing hit. In 1920, Gruelle introduced the Raggedy Andy Stories. In them, when humans weren’t looking, Raggedy Ann and Andy came to life and embarked on many adventures. Gruelle averaged one new book each year for twenty years. The books and dolls have remained popular for the past century. Raggedy Ann entered the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2002. Her brother Raggedy Andy joined her in 2007. The dolls are reunited in this place of honor—where they belong, together of course, for always.
A new feature will be offered this year with a talk on American Girl Dolls and Raggedy Ann Dolls. Girls are encouraged to bring their dolls to this event.