MacDonald, Rita Maud Harriet

Born August 7, 1930 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Passed away at Surrey Memorial Hospital Tuesday July 21, 2015. Rita was predeceased by parents George & Maud (nee Riddle), her husband of 64 years Don MacDonald as well as her sisters Violet Brown, Patsy Benson of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Delores Bell of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. She is survived by her brother Harry (RCAF Retired), four children Bruce (Debrah) of Calgary, Heather (Cornelius) of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Sandra (Gary) of Maple Ridge and Trevor (Nancy) of Calgary. She leaves behind nine grandchildren Stephen, Cameron, Madison, Robin, Gavin, Ryan, Brett, Brenden and Brittany plus three great granddaughters Charlotte, Abigale, & Vivienne. As well a special mention for Brian Bell, her brother-in-law of Portage La Prairie. In her early years Rita lived on the family farm near Davis Saskatchewan. The family eventually moved to Portage La Prairie early in the second war to accommodate her fathers involvement in the commonwealth air training program during World War 2. She finished High School in Portage and entered nursing at the Portage General Hospital.

She was married to Don MacDonald in 1950 and began her family. After a number of moves to locations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta she eventually settled in Maple Ridge BC. She was a devoted homemaker and mother to her 4 children providing security and encouragement as they grew into adulthood. Rita considered her greatest accomplishment in life were her children. Her most memorable and special times were the summers spent at Jessica Lake in Manitoba with family and friends. These were cherished memories that she maintained throughout her life. Condolences may be sent to


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