RITA K. SOMERS 12/1943 - 6/28/2013 After enduring a long period of living with cancer, our beloved Rita passed peacefully. Born in Illinois, a life-long resident of California, and beloved first child of Merlin and Jackie Somers, Rita was a devoted mom to Andrew and Joshua Stubblefield. She had one sister Lori (Gary) Bright and one brother Ralph (Darlene) Somers. Rita was a witty grandma, aunt, cousin and friend to many throughout CA, OK, IL, TX, and FL. After working the first several years of her adulthood in secretary positions, Rita endeavored to pursue a college education, while working part-time and raising two sons as well. Her deep interest in world cultures helped drive Rita's choice to major in languages in college. During the early 80's Rita lived for several months as an exchange student in Mexico, to better learn the language and culture. After earning her Master's degree in ESL, Rita taught English to many adults at several colleges throughout the Inland Empire. She was a life-long humanitarian, who had great compassion for all life. Rita really enjoyed diverse food, cultures, reading, riding with friends on their Harleys in years past, participating in group knitting/crocheting projects for babies, and attending recent Italian language classes. We deeply miss Rita's presence, yet are soothed by her spirit. A celebration of Rita's life will be held on Thurs., July 25, 2013 in Riverside, CA. To RSVP, please contact Josh or Carol @ 760-240-5841.
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Published in the Daily Press on July 23, 2013