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March 31, 1927 -
July 8, 2018

Rita Mary (Hansen) Blacksher, was born March 31, 1927, at Snoqualmie Falls, Snohomish County, Washington. God kissed Rita on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Skagit Valley Hospital, Mount Vernon, Skagit County, Washington; Rita went to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ who is God the Son, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit, in Heaven for eternity.

On the evening prior to her Heavenly departure, Pastor Brice Greathouse spoke the Word of God from the Bible for her, and prayed with several family members at her side; he spoke verses from the book of John, The Lord's Prayer, and the Trinity; they witnessed Rita smile momentarily, a precious gift we will never forget. Pastor Brice offered words of comfort, "My heart goes out to you and your whole family for the loss of a great mom. I know that God is with her in a powerful way."

Rita was raised in Big Lake, Mount Vernon, Skagit County, Washington, a place she loved; with brother Bernard Hansen, and sister Ruth (Beckett). Rita is the daughter of John A. Hansen, born Jens Agerman Berteussen, in Tranoy, Norway, on May 26, 1889 (baptized on July 1, 1889, District of Stonglandet in the Parsonage of Tranoy, Norway, Lutheran Church-documented on his official Norwegian Baptismal Certificate), died November 21, 1956, in Mount Vernon, Skagit County, Washington; and Edith (Parkinson) Hansen, who was born January 28, 1900, in Huddersfield, England, and died April 04, 1980, in Mount Vernon, Skagit County, Washington.

John and Edith Hansen were buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Skagit County, Washington, United States of America. Rita Mary Hansen married Ray Eldon Blacksher on September 28, 1949, in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington; they raised their children in Big Lake, and later made their home in Sedro-Woolley, Washington; they had 10 children: John, Sheri (Lanny Cochran), Rose (Ray Hayes), Gloria (Mike Sancrant), Carol (Cates), Leonard, Lily (Chris Blackburn), Mary (Doug Jones), David, Larry (Angela L. Blacksher & their son Josiah Blacksher). Grandchildren: Harlan Jr., Shon & Kalob & Jesurun, Christina & Meachel, Jeremy & Joshua, Adam & Nicole & Jannie & Leonard Jr. & Donny, Angel & Angelique & Travis, Billy, and other grandchildren & numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ray, her son David, and her brother Bernard Hansen. Words can't express enough how amazing she was to her family and friends. She loved interacting with everyone, she was a loving, kind, and generous soul with a brilliant mind; she enjoyed reading, cooking, playing the piano, tap dancing, singing, and photography. Her family visited her often at the Life Care Center in Sedro-Woolley, held her hand, and kissed her forehead.

Rita Mary (Hansen) Blacksher left hand-written notes, genealogy, family funeral cards, Bible verses & songs, and keepsakes in her Bible with hand-made leather cover decoratively made by her son Larry, along with a precious poem: "Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there; I did not die" (author unknown).

Graveside services will be held at Union Cemetery, 1450 Wicker Road, Sedro-Woolley, WA, 98284, with Pastor Brice Greathouse presiding, on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. Reception following. Share your memories of Rita and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald on July 12, 2018
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