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Rita Gilmore Obituary
Rita F. Gilmore 12/28/51 - 6/17/10 Our beloved Rita passed away on June 17, 2010, at her home in Greenbrae, surrounded by friends and family. Rita was the cherished wife of 25 years of Ken Strong and the mother of their children, Casey and Michael. She also leaves behind her father, William Gilmore; her siblings Barry, Michael, Judy and Gregory Gilmore; her namesake Aunt Rita Wester; scores of long-time friends; and her heartbroken lab, Whitney. Rita was a dedicated and well-respected lawyer in San Francisco and Marin for 30 years. She was a litigator, representing hundreds of individuals and small businesses and she was admired by both the bench and the bar. A fearless and ethical advocate, Rita's career included numerous successful jury trials. At the end of her career, she worked in the legal department at PG&E. Rita was active in legal, educational, and charitable causes. She was a board member of the Marin Aid's Project, a supporter of Legal Aid of Marin, a volunteer and director of the Marin County Bar Association and on occasion taught legal writing and trial advocacy at Hastings College of the Law. Rita was an enthusiastic and unstoppable force; a doer, a world traveler, an avid cook, a serious reader, and an exercise enthusiast. She hiked in West Marin and the High Sierras, ran the Mt. Tam trails, competed in triathlons and biked throughout the North Bay. Funny, friendly, and positive, Rita made friends for life wherever she went. She grew up in the Richmond District of San Francisco, where she attended St. Thomas Apostle and St. Rose Academy for Girls. She graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1976 and University of San Francisco School of Law in 1979. Rita spent her last four years battling colon cancer, but refused to let it hold her back or shift her focus inward. Along with husband Ken and friends, she traveled to New Zealand, Egypt, Argentina, Italy, Alaska, and - perhaps most proudly - the summit of Mt. Whitney. Eager to make a difference, after the earthquake in Haiti, Rita asked her many friends and visitors in her final months to donate to an orphanage in Haiti rather than give her flowers. A Vigil service will be held on Friday, June 25 at 7 p.m., followed by a Mass on Saturday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. Both will occur at St. Anselm's church, 97 Shady Lane, in San Anselmo. (415) 453-2342. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your favorite charity or to Rita's favorite charities: MALT, Marin Aid's Project, or Re-Power America.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 22, 2010
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