I never met Rita, but about a year ago I was eating at the Steak & Stein Restaurant in Halifax and Rita and her sisters were there sitting directly across from me. I so wanted to go over and give her a hug! But I didn't because they were on their quiet family time. I am sorry now that I didn't. Loved your music! RIP Rita! You are one of God's ' special angles ' and your are ' Flying On Your Own ' You will be greatly missed, but we still have your beautiful music.