Rita Alice Cote` Spiess, 89, of Lancaster, Va, died Thursday, June 13, 2013. She was born Oct. 29, 1923 to Eugene and Rosanna Cote` on French Island in Old Towne, Me. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leroy F. Spiess who she would have been married to for 70 years this past May. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Cote`, and the untimely death of three of her sons; Richard, Stephen and Lee. She is also survived by one son and daughter in law, Jim and Brenda Spiess of Lancaster, three daughters; Sheila Stewart and Rita Anne Nowlan of Littleton, MA and Sharon Stokes and husband David of Lancaster, Va. She had 16 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; five brothers and six sisters plus numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of the Resurrection for Rita was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Kilmarnock, with interment in Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lively, Va. The family will received friends one hour prior to the service at the Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560. Online condolences may be made at www.curriefuneral. com
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Published in The Littleton Independent from June 20 to June 27, 2013