Marguerite Reedy Culter was born July 18, 1919, in Woodstock, a rural section of Shenandoah Valley Virginia. Her parents were Susie Brill and Charles Reedy of Preston, Maryland. She was one of twelve children.
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Survived by nephew, Joseph Owens, Preston, Maryland.
Rita spent a total of ten years in four foster homes as a youth. She was a Most Outstanding Student in Middle River High School of Florida. In 1942, she received the American Legion Award.
Rita has a long history in the medical field starting in 1943 as a Medical Technician with WAAC. She was also a dental assistant, LPN and private duty nurse.
June 1947, she married a man of integrity, John C. Culter, in Montgomery, Alabama. He passed in 1995.
In 1949, Rita started the nursery at the Methodist Church of Jasper, Alabama. She also participated in a young married couples class teaching couples how to grow closer. While in Douglas, Georgia, in 1957, she started a youth fellowship group there.
During her 48 year marriage to Jack, they lived in Baton Rouge, where Rita was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was an active choir member who loved classical music and gospel hymns. The couple would have friends over for dinner where Rita was noted for being a self-taught gourmet chef. She enjoyed sewing and helping friends.
Her personal motto was: seek wisdom and pay your debts.
Rita was loving and caring for children since she was 10 years old despite her harsh upbringing with extreme poverty. She was a survivor of numerous health challenges.
As a member of Rebekah Lodge of Louisiana, she was oldest in membership and age. She was a resident of Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jackson, Louisiana, where she had been Chairwoman and Secretary of the Residents Council and Mardi Gras Queen.
Rita's personal care for herself was evident in her daily grooming: she was dressed to the nines with hair, make up and nails done-of course the coordinating shoes completed the outfit.
Marguerite passed Wednesday, February 20, 2013. A celebration of life will be held at the War Veterans Home Chapel, 4739 Hwy 10, Jackson, LA, Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 3055 Fairview Road, Woodstock, VA 22664.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2013