Rita was born March 15, 1933 in Castle Connel, Ireland and died Oct. 6, 2013 in Redlands, CA. Rita was the daughter of John Keane and Margaret Mulqueen. She was raised in Ireland and moved to England in 1945, and met her husband of 57 years, Denton Arthurs while he was stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Brize Norton, England. They were married in 1954 and moved to the United States in 1956 and then moved to Redlands in 1967. She graduated from Redlands High School in 1975. She was active in the community and her church, Sacred Heart, where she taught catechism and was the principal of their CCD programs for many years. She exercised her talents in retail when she worked at The Sandpiper Boutique on Citrus Avenue, eventually working for Statler-Ferrar jewelry store until she retired in 2003. She is survived by her husband Denton, sons Eugene and Sean, daughter Beverly and granddaughter Melissa. Viewing will be at the Valley View Chapel at 4:00 pm, Thursday, Oct 17, at Montecito Memorial Park and Cemetery, 3520 East Washington Ave., Colton, CA. Funeral Service will be Friday, Oct. 18 at 1 pm. at Montecito Memorial Park and Cemetery. A reception will follow at 3 pm at the family home, 230 Nanette St, Redlands.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Oct. 13, 2013