Anitra Dark

anitra dark

January 21, 1933 ~ September 16, 2020

Born in: Seattle, WA
Resided in: Pleasanton, CA

Anitra Haggard Dark, 87, of Fremont and Pleasanton, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2020.

Wife to William A. Dark, Jr., and Sister to Harrison H. Haggard and Julie Haggard Hillman, Anitra was humbled to impact thousands of students’ lives as an English teacher at Ohlone College and American High School in Fremont, CA.

Anitra was born to Arthur and Ina Haggard on January 21, 1933, in Seattle, WA, and moved with the family to Los Angeles in 1945.  She graduated from Los Angeles High School and went on to graduate from UCLA. She earned academic degrees from UCLA, Whittier College (where she met husband-to-be William Dark, Jr.), George Peabody College for Teachers, and Vanderbilt University in Nashville (where she received a Master of Arts in Teaching). Always pursuing education, she achieved a Certificate in Writing from Cal State Hayward in the mid-1990s. Her teaching career took her from Palo Alto to Pasadena to Fremont; then Houston and back to Ohlone in Fremont.

After her marriage to William Dark, Jr. in 1959, they lived in Arcadia, California. Following the birth of their third daughter in 1967, they moved to Fremont. William’s job transfer took the family to Houston Texas for five years, and they returned to their Fremont, CA home in 1985. In 2015, William and Anitra moved to Pleasanton, CA to enjoy retirement.

Her beloved family includes the husband of 61 years, William Dark, Jr., daughters Julie Dark (Edward Ward) of Union City CA, Christi (Jeff) Ferreira of Yuba City CA, Nancy (Larry) Merriman of Anchorage, Alaska, and grandchildren Schuyler (Melissa) Ferreira and Rhianna Merriman.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Centerville Presbyterian Church, Fremont, CA.

A Memorial Service will be held on September 24 at 10:00 AM at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels, Fremont, CA. Due to the current County regulations, the service is by invite only but a Livestream will be available for all to attend at


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Anitra Dark 's name.

Centerville Presbytarian Church Pastoral Fund

4360 Central Ave.
Fremont, CA

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