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Of Arlington, Virginia, died peacefully with her loving family at The Virginia Hospital Center on July 16, 2014. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland on March 7, 1940. In 1951 moved to Dublin, County Dublin and Bray, County Wicklow Ireland. She came to the US in 1963 as a Mother's helper for a family in Potomac, Maryland. In 1965, she married Charles "Dennis" Bodson of Washington, DC. For many years she volunteered at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More CCD Program, Meals on Wheels, Bereavement Committee and Religious Goods Store, and Teacher's Aide at Barrett Elementary School. In addition, she worked for the STM Extended Day Program for 18 years where she met many lifetime friends. Rita enjoyed spending time with family and friends listening to live Irish music. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; sons, Dennis and Brian and his wife, Wendy; her sister Patricia and her husband, John, and their two children, Tracy and Kathleen. The family will receive friends at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203 on Wednesday, July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass will be held at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, Virginia 22203 on Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rita's name to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Published in The Washington Post from July 22 to July 23, 2014
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