LOADMAN, Rita Ellen (nee Lathey)
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December 12, 1931 - December 30, 2012
With love and contentment in our hearts, our mother passed away peacefully in her home on December 30, 2012 at the age of 81 years.
Rita was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and in childhood relocated with her parents many times which afforded her the opportunity to foster relationships with school mates as well as enjoy solitary hobbies and interests. As a young woman, Rita worked as a legal secretary. Rita returned to this occupation after her children were grown and her typing speed remained swift and errorless well into her 70's! Our parents were married Februrary 12, 1955 and their enviable partnership lasted until our father's death on December 10, 2008. Rita was a loving wife and tireless, devoted mother to four children. Staying home to raise her children was our mother's delight. Every day was special and special days were predictably exceptional because of the way Rita created traditions around how we spent our birthdays and holidays. Our father was an equally active parent and summers were spent taking family car trips to Mara Lake to camp, swim and fish. Rita enjoyed cooking and entertaining in her home. She enjoyed and honoured the friends and guests to her home by how thoughtfully she entertained them. Rita and our father enjoyed their retirement in White Rock, BC where dear friends were made or enriched through their Hiking Group, Bridge Club, Book Club, dinner parties and get-togethers. Rita's travel destination highlights include Africa and Asia, but her most cherished moments remained those of walking hand-in-hand with our father on the White Rock pier, along the shoreline of Crescent Beach or through the urban forest.
Rita is fondly loved and remembered by her two sons Ian Gordon and Bruce Alexander, two daughters Amy Alison and Martha Anne and daughter-in-law Fiona Miller, as well as numerous friends in White Rock and Edmonton. Also remembered by brother-in- law Donald Loadman, his wife Cathern and their family.
Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will occur in the Spring to honour Rita's life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society/ SPCA (edmontonhumanesociety.com) 13620 - 163 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5V 0B2.
Special thanks to the Edmonton Palliative Home Care Team, Jalene and Paulette most especially for their demonstration of gentle kindness, respect and compassion for our mother at the end of her well-lived, long life.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Jan. 5, 2013