Anita's family is mentioned often, but we've never met any of them.
- 1 Mother
- 2 Father
- 3 Father's second family
- 4 Grandparents
- 5 Other relatives
- 6 References
Proud to call herself Mexican despite being born in the U.S., short, dark, and curvy, daughter of Grandma Flores, died in a car crash when Anita was eight. Anita's father's first love, maybe even his first lover, but in either case a lot of firsts. Religious views and potential powers haven't been mentioned, nor has her name, although her maiden name was presumably Flores.
Has German roots—tall, blond, and blue-eyed, just like his family—but was born in the U.S., son of Grandma Blake. Devout Catholic, and no doubt raised with strict Christian values, strong sense of propriety, and noticeable amounts of white supremacy in the mix. Despite all that fell madly in love with Anita's Mexican mother, a daughter of a vaudun priestess. He raised Anita as a Catholic but didn't put her into a Catholic school, and was happy to take her hunting and camping rather than dance lessons. Fell completely apart when his beloved wife died, sought support from his family, unable to put Anita's needs first.
Remarried only two years after his first wife died, this time to a woman who fit his family. It's possible that this was at least partially because he recognized that he wasn't providing Anita everything she needs, but if so, he chose badly. Tried to get Anita help when her zombie raising powers manifested, first from a therapist and then from Grandma Flores, but he doesn't understand Anita's powers and presumably followed Grandma Flores' recommendation to cut ties to her side of the family, isolating Anita from anybody with ties to the supernatural. And the older she got the more she looked like her dead mother, making it ever more painful for her father to connect with her. Talking about his wife's death still makes him cry, so they rarely discuss the subject. There are no pictures of Anita's mother on display within the house.
We don't know his name, beyond his surname presumably being Blake. He is a veterinarian.
Father's second family
Tall and blond ice princess who thinks girls should be proper and do girly things. Doesn't understand or get along with Anita and looks down on her Mexican heritage. Widowed from her first husband, tries to hide her racist comments from her second husband. Doesn't keep out pictures of her first husband, and doesn't like her second husband to keep out pictures of his first wife either.
Tall and blond daughter from Judith's first marriage, same age as Anita but little else in common with her. Perfect daughter to Judith and impossible to compete with. Embarrassed by her mother's racist comments and has been correcting them since teenage years. Lawyer and engaged to another lawyer, unclear if has got married later.
Half brother Josh
Tall and blond son of Judith and Anita's father, and the member of the family Anita gets best along with, although getting mostly estranged from the family means less contact with Josh as well.
Maternal grandmother, who didn't appear to be much in Anita's life even before her mother died. This changed for a short while when Anita's father took her to learn to control her zombie raising powers from Grandma Flores, who is a vaudun priestess. She taught Anita control but nothing else, fearing she would grow up to be an evil necromancer, and told her father to cut ties in order to remove the temptations of vaudun.
Paternal grandmother, tall, blond, fanatically religious, and strict advocator of proper behavior and the evils of sex and the supernatural. Important but ultimately negative influence in Anita's life, teaching her to look down on herself. Prays for Anita's soul, first because she insists on raising the dead instead of praying the evil powers away, and then because she starts dating Jean-Claude. Has told Anita that she'll be damned for all eternity if she marries him. Is as of yet still unaware of Anita's other men, but definitely wouldn't approve of them either.
Either grandfather hasn't been mentioned yet, but presumably they must have existed.
We know very little concrete about Aunt Mattie. She either has a good posture or values a good posture, and she attended Anita's mother's funeral, grabbing Anita back after she managed to steal a glimpse into the closed coffin.
Speculation: the posture and the fact that Anita hardly mentions her mother's family beyond them being Mexican indicates that Aunt Mattie is likely from Anita's father's side. Aunt Mattie has never been called great-aunt or given any other qualifiers, which might mean that she is Anita's father's sister, and consequently daughter of Grandma Blake.
See also: Unnamed Aunt
Anita's father's favorite aunt, who died when Anita was a small child. Aunt Katerine's soul hovered above her coffin at her funeral, even if it was more than three days since she died. Anita's middle name is Katerine, after her great-aunt. Anita's middle name is mentioned once later in the series, but Aunt Katerine herself isn't.
Aunt Katerine was presumably either Grandma Blake's sister or sister-in-law, or married to her brother or brother-in-law.
Anita's great-uncle from German lowlands, specifically Hamburg. Presumably married to Aunt Gertrude, who (according to Grandma Blake) nagged him to death. He never lost his accent, even if most of the family did by the time Anita came along, and she was old enough when he died that she remembers his accent well enough to compare it to Olaf's accent.
Presumably either Uncle Otto is Grandma Blake's brother or brother-in-law, or Aunt Gertrude is Grandma Blake's sister or sister-in-law.
Note: the one and only exchange about Uncle Otto within the series actually talks about Hapsburg, Germany for the most part. However, there is no such place. There is a Swiss municipality called Habsburg, which housed the family seat of the Austrian royal house commonly spelled House of Hapsburg in the U.S., and which is these days located in northern Switzerland, relatively close to German border. It was never part of Germany, even if most of the population does speak German, and it's nowhere near German lowlands, as those are located in northern Germany, where Hamburg is. So even if Hapsburg is mentioned several times and Hamburg only once, it seems likely that Hamburg is the intended spelling for this exchange.
All we know for certain about Aunt Gertrude is that she nagged Uncle Otto to death according to Grandma Blake. As that kind of thing is usually attributed to wives, presumably Aunt Gertrude is Anita's great-aunt and was married to Uncle Otto before his death. That would make Aunt Gertrude either Grandma Blake's sister or sister-in-law, or Uncle Otto himself might be Grandma Blake's brother or brother-in-law.
Anita's aunt had her last baby at fifty because her doctor told her she was past needing to take precautions. He was wrong.
It's possible that this aunt is actually Aunt Mattie.