Rita passed away peacefully at the Gateby Care Centre in Vernon at the age of 88. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and proud grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband Hank Hewit in October 2007 and her daughter Jeanne Burechailo in September 2009. Rita, aka “Cuddles Grandma”, leaves behind two granddaughters, Danielle (Dean) and Nicole (Scott), son-in-law, Bob (daughters Elana and Leta and families) as well as four great-grandchildren, Evan, Jasmine, Jesse and Charlie.
Rita was born and raised in England and lived in many cities around the world before moving to Canada with her daughter in 1957. She and Hank lived in BC, Alberta and Manitoba before settling in Vernon. They were involved with the Shubert Centre for many years and everyone loved how Rita’s smile would light up a room as well as the theater stage! She loved a holiday, teddy bears and a refreshing gin & tonic on a sunny day. She also had a love for desserts and always figured them out before deciding on her main meal! Rita had a wonderful life, full of fun and adventure with family and friends and she will be dearly missed.
Rita’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to all the staff at Gateby for their compassionate care and ongoing support, as well to Karen Ketterer for being there for Rita when they couldn’t.
There will be no service and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rita’s memory to the Shubert Centre or Canadian Red Cross. Condolences may be offered online at www.bowersfuneralservice.com or mailed to 3553 Verner Ave., Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L2.