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RITA HELEN BROWN On Sunday, March 23, 2014 peacefully passed into God's care surrounded by her loving family. In her 92nd year Rita enjoyed a full life shared with her husband of 60 years Richard (Sid) Brown who predeceased Rita in 2005. Rita will be dearly missed by children Mary and her husband John Rycroft of Whitby, Ontario and Richard and his wife Annie of Newmarket, Ontario. Rita is survived by her sister Nora Johnson of Denver, Colorado and sisters-in-law Carm (Jack) Brown, Annie (Speck) Cummings, Kitty (Butsy) Butler and Nora (Art) Brown. Rita was a proud and loving "nana" to three wonderful grandchildren Jennifer, Kelly and Thomas and recently became a great-grandmother to Sidney in this past year. For Rita both family and church were of paramount importance. She devoted her life to supporting the success of her husband and children and was an active member of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Pickering and previously St. Patrick's in Markham. Rita enjoyed many years at Discovery Place in Pickering where she actively participated and organized various social and bridge functions. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. James Dubbin at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the supportive staff at Taunton Mills in Whitby. Visitation Sunday, March 30th from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at McEachnie Funeral Home (28 Old Kingston Rd., Ajax, 905-428-8488). Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, March 31st at 10:30 a.m. at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church (1148 Finch Ave., Pickering) followed by a reception in the parish hall. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Heart & Stroke Foundation are appreciated. Online condolences may be signed at www.mceachniefuneral.ca

Published in the Toronto Star on Mar. 27, 2014