Anita Fol Elford, beloved mother and grand-mother, wife, and Siamese cat enthusiast, died of lung cancer on May 26, 2022 in Pompano Beach, FL.
Born and raised in Brussels, Belgium, Anita adored her mom Zoe Borms, and grew up with brother Jean and sisters Liliane and Jeanine.
She married Alain Desmet in Belgium in 1968, had two sons, Thierry Desmet, an attorney in Miami, FL, and Olivier Desmet, a photographer in Mill Valley, CA.
After a friendly divorce with Alain (who remained a friend), Anita married British-born Victor ("Vic") Elford, a former race car driver who won many races in the 1960s, including the Monte Carlo Rally, the Daytona 24 Hours, the Sebring 12 Hours, the Targa Florio, and the Nurburging 1000KM.
Anita moved to the United States in 1985, and settled in south Florida in 1993. Anita and Vic lived in Plantation, FL for over twenty years. Vic also died of cancer, at age 86, just two months before Anita.
Anita adored animals, especially Siamese cats, and over the years deeply loved a series of felines, including Sonny, Pili Pili, Rama, Berlioz, Rama II, Sita, Prince, Sophie, and Rama III, and dogs, including Afi, Shiva, and Danae.
She had a successful career managing furniture stores in Belgium and the US and later ran an online store selling car racing memorabilia. She loved good food and desserts, especially chocolate; music, especially Queen and Prince; watching tennis, especially Rafa Nadal, and travel, especially to Sicily and the south of France. She despised fast food, phonies, Donald Trump, guns, large crowds, and anyone mean to animals.
She is survived by her sons, Thierry and Olivier, her daughters-in law, Lainie and Irene, two grand-daughters she adored (and who loved her so much), Emma and Josie, her brother, Jean, and nieces and nephews in Belgium, including Joelle, Nathalie, and Vincent. Although very shy, she was a great friend to her friends and was loved by many. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met.
She did not want a funeral or a service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Humane Society, the World Wildlife Fund, or the American Cancer Society and try to live life to the fullest.