I was sad to hear the news of Rita's passing. I first met Rita and Gordie in Gympie, Queensland when they came on teacher exchange in the mid 1970's.
Rita really enjoyed her stay in Australia and all the staff and students at One Mile School were much the richer for knowing her. I can see her smiling face and hear her happy laughter even now.
I was also privileged to visit Canada a couple of times and stayed with Rita.
I met the family and was shown the sights of Vancouver in the spring.
Rita, Bernice, Pauline and Art visited us in Australia quite a few years later.
I would like to pass on my sympathy to the family at this sad time.
Robyn Buchanan (formerly Whitnall) - a friend and colleague of Rita.