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Lois Rita Morrison

March 3, 1936 - August 1, 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 her youngest son, Ritchie and family.  She will 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, an 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.  She always exclaimed how each move was a tiny adventure.
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 gathering will also take place shortly.  Rita's wish was for no flowers but a donation to Minto House in the aid of fighting Dementia would be welcomed.


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From: Valley Funeral Home Ltd. Staff

Valley Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Leah Main
Relation: friend

So sorry for your loss and sadness.

May the long time sun shine upon her
All love surround her
And the clear light within her
Guide her way home

From: Jacqueline (Jacquie ) Senning
Relation: I grew up in Silverton

I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Barry and also to Barry’s and Rita’s children on Rita’s death. Growing up in Silverton I knew both Rita and Barry and am sorry to learn of Rita’s death.

From: Darleen & Flash Olson
Relation: Friend

Barry & family, I was so sorry to read that Rita had passed away. Liked her picture. It is how I remember her. Our sympathy to all of you. Darleen & Flash.

From: Shelley and Jim Dobie
Relation: acquaintance

We are thinking of all of you at this time. We wish you strength and the peace of mind and heart, knowing that Rita is in a better place now. Sincere regards, The Dobie family.

From: Patti Moody
Relation: Acquaintance

I am so sorry for your loss.

From: Tom & Ginny Taylor
Relation: New Denver high school.

Tom and I were very saddened to hear of Rita’s passing.

I lost my sister, Pat George, to the same cruel disease and for some years my sister, Gwendolyn, has suffered increasingly from dementia. So I have some understanding of the difficult time you and you family have had to face.

We offer our deeepest sympathy and hope that knowing others care will be of some comfort to you.

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