Anita Gaston

Anita Gaston, 61, of Jacksonville and formerly of Beardstown, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at her home.

She was born August 15, 1956 in Beardstown, the daughter of Richard and Gladys Bowers Maltby. She married Calvin Gaston in 1981 and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Eric Maltby of Gaston, SC and Amanda Gaston of Beardstown; seven grandchildren, Cody, Juliyana, Adriauna, Lucy, Damion, Eric, Jr. and David; three brothers, Jimmy, Dickie and Mike (Cathy) Maltby; four sisters, Vera Newman, Linda Hare, Judy Depper and Gleama Davis; special companion, Jay Robert Naylor of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Etta “Saucy” Bradley, Betty “Girl” Frazier and Joann Roberts; and one brother, Robert “Bobby” Maltby.

Ms. Gaston was employed at Junction Diner in Beardstown, before obtaining her CNA certificate and working for Myers Nursing Home in Beardstown and several Jacksonville nursing home facilities. She enjoyed playing bingo, taking rides in the car, watching her favorite TV shows, thrift shopping and collecting nic nacs. Anita’s greatest love was for her family.

A visitation to honor Anita will be held from 2 to 4 PM Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. There will be no formal services. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be sent to the family online at