HENLY-LEWIS: Rita (nee Edith Marguerite Richards). Rita passed away on February 22, 2008 at Oak Bay Lodge in Victoria, BC. Born in Calgary, Alta. on January 15, 1913 she was predeceased by her husband Jack (1991), her sons Dick (2000) and Bill (1992), and all her brothers and sisters. Rita is lovingly remembered by her daughter Jane, her daughter-in-law Linda (Bill); her grandsons Jeremy (Janet) and Timothy Wallace; her great-grandchildren Anthony, Eloise, and Noah; and her nieces Arlene Meldrum, Donna Gail (Heinz) Feldberg, Patricia (Norbert) Boyce and their families. Rita moved to BC in 1947 settling first in Comox and then on a farm in Courtenay (Sandwick). She began her enjoyable and satisfying teaching career in the Alert Bay high school in 1957 at the age of 44. Rita continued her own studies and received her B.Ed in 1966. She also taught for a number of years in Campbell River and later retired with Jack to Victoria. Rita enjoyed traveling and visited many places in the world with family and friends. She also enjoyed activities including contract bridge, sewing, knitting and crochet, painting watercolours and attending the symphony. Warm-hearted and generous Rita was treasured by her family and friends for her sweetness of disposition and strength of character as well as appreciated and admired for her many talents and accomplishments. The family is grateful to the staff and residents of Oak Bay Lodge who were caring and loving during Rita’s time with them.
Funeral Services followed by a reception will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Saint Matthias’ Church, Oak Bay. At a later date Rita’s mortal remains will be interred at the family site in Courtenay. Flowers are gratefully declined: those so wishing may make a contribution to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Muscular Dystrophy Chapter, Queen Alexandra Solarium. Condolences may be offered at HYPERLINK “http://www.sandsfuneral.com” www.sandsfuneral.com.