(1936 – 2013)
Rita passed away on August 1, 2013 after a lengthy battle with dementia/alzheimers. She fought this disease with all of her will and survived four strokes during the battle. Her family will miss her terribly: her husband of 58 years, Barry, her daughter Melody, her oldest son Michael and family, and youngest son, Ritchie and family. She will also be missed by her older brother Alan and older sister Patsy. Rita was pre-deceased by her Mom and Dad and younger brother Albert.
After her graduation from Sprott/Shaw College in Victoria, Rita and Barry were married in 1956. Rita was, during her marriage, a legal secretary, a health care secretary, a private secretary to two Chief Executive Officers, and owner/manager of her own restaurant. But above all, she was an accomplished artist in water colors and oils. She took special delight in painting some of the old timers who spent their life digging for gold, “In Them Thar Hills,” in and around the Silvery Slocan in the West Kootenays.
The Slocan Lake was a favorite summer vacation spot and when her husband ‘s work took her away from the lake she would always find time to get back to Silverton to spend a week or two by the lake. And much of that time was spent golfing with the family on the Slocan Lake golf course.
Because of Barry’s job in the forest industry and the W. C. B., the family saw much of B.C. and Rita loved moving – each move was an adventure to her.
Rita’s final two years were spent in the Minto House in Nakusp. The love, the patience, the understanding and the professional pride held by the staff at the Minto house were a source of comfort for the entire family. There are a number of very special people working at the Minto house.
Rita did not want anything special to mark her passing. Cremation will take place and a small family service will be held shortly. Rita’s wish was for no flowers but a donation to Minto House in the aid of fighting dementia would be welcomed.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Valley Funeral Home Ltd.
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