It is with great sadness that the family of Rita Dawe announce her passing at Tiffany Village on February 22, 2021.
Rita will be lovingly remembered by her children: Don Dawe (Linda) Halifax, NS, Ivan Dawe (Patricia) Norris Point, NL, Beverley Simmons (Russell) St. John’s, NL, daughters-in-law: Lorraine Dawe, Penticton, BC and Margaret Dawe, St. John’s, NL; her six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: Ian Dawe, Neal (Emilie) Dawe (children Simone, Weston and Nora), Shaun(Samantha) Dawe (children Hannah and Sophie), Adrienne Dawe, Nadia Dawe (son Raymond), Maggie (Mark) Courish (children Clara and Amy), her brother Jim (Ruby) McKay, Wetaskiwin, AB, her sister-in-law Eileen McKay, South Brook, NL and a large number of beloved nieces and nephews.
Rita is predeceased by her husband Reginald, who died tragically in 1967, her sons Byron (2011) and Merrick (2015), her daughter-in-law Bernice (2015), her brothers Calvin, Eddy and Max McKay, her sister Crissie Dicks, her brother-in-law and wife, Pearce and Verna Dawe.
Rita was the first child born to Walter and Pearl McKay of South Brook ,NL. She started her life as a premature infant but went on to a long life of love, family, friends and travel.
For several years, at her home in St. John’s, NL, Rita was the caregiver to Reg’s parents (Isaac and Lavinia Dawe). She was the glue that kept the family together with cards, letters, phone calls and well chosen gifts in celebration of every special occasion. Her home was a welcoming place for all out of town family and friends, where there was always an extra place at the table. It is not surprising that many of our friends affectionately called Rita “Mother”.
Rita travelled with family and friends to parts of Europe, the United States and Canada, but her trips to Edmonton, Halifax and Ottawa to visit her grand and great- grandchildren were always the most special ones.
Rita had a deep abiding faith in God, was a long-time and active member of the UCWA and for many years volunteered at the Agnes Pratt Nursing Home in St. John’s.
The family is very appreciative of the excellent care Mother received at Tiffany Village, her home for the last five years.
Rita had a long and well lived life. She will be forever cherished and remembered for her love, thoughtfulness and generosity.
Due to ongoing Covid concerns, a celebration of her life will take place at a later time.
“Her earthly journey is now complete
She has kept her promises and earned her sleep.”