Born December 17, 1939, the second oldest of nine children, Marie Catherine Rita was her name. There were five brothers and four sisters. Rita was born in St. Madeline. She was born early, before her time, and she weighed only one pound. I was told that Grandpa made some type of oven to keep Rita warm, and when it was the right day for Rita to be born she cried for the first time.
Being the oldest sister, she had a lot of responsibilities. She helped mom with her younger siblings. Always cooking, and baking, and lots of laundry to do, she was always ready to help whoever needed it.
Every Friday evening was Metis Bingo in Russell, she helped there too. She enjoyed going to bingo and playing marbles. She did a lot of bowling for quite a few years and has many trophies.
Florence said Rita was always there for her and her family. I will never forget Rita’s love and kindness. Rita will always have a special place in my heart. Every weekend she would phone Elmer to see if he got home from work and wondering if everyone was OK. Rita would tell Elmer, “I will make a Bannock for yous, come and pick it up tomorrow.”
We will always love you sister. Enjoy your new home in Heaven with Jesus and all our loved ones. The last breath on Earth was your first breath in Heaven with Jesus your savior.
Written by Doreen