Rita Louise Bursey

May 22, 1927 to January 1, 2022


Rita Louise Bursey born May 22, 1927, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2022 at the age of 94 after a short stay at the Health Science Center in the presence of family. Former resident of Bell Island NL. She was a warm, kind, loving, generous, clever and humorous individual. Beloved aunt of numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Predeceased by her father and mother Albert Bursey and Deliliah White, and her brothers and sisters: William, Avis, Marie, Evertt, Marjorie, Laura, Melvin, Raymond, and Arthur. Rita was the last of her immediate family.

Special thanks to Glenda Bursey, David and Marjorie Bennett for their contribution to Rita’s quality of life in later years while she lived in Pleasantville and after she moved to Meadow Creek. Also, thanks to other nieces and nephews who visited her, sent cards and kept in contact over the years. Thanks to her friends and acquaintances who did the same. Thank-you to the staff at Medow Creek for their kindness and care and the medical team at the Health Science Complex.

By personal request cremation has taken place, with no visitation or service. Interment will take place at a later date.  

Her passing will not end the memories of her kindness and love.



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My condolences to Rita’s family. I worked with Rita many years ago at Traffic Court. She was such a loving and fun person . I haven’t seen her in a long time but still have many fond memories of her . RIP Rita.

My sincere condolences to Rita’s family. I had the privilage of knowing this beautiful lady and co-worker for a number of years. She was a true friend to everyone and so full of life and it was such a joy to be in her presence.. Heaven has gained another angel. R.I.P.

My Aunt Rita was, witty, loving and always a big part of my life fom childhood to adulthood.

She was very gracious, unpretentions, and so full of energy to bring humour to any family gathering.

I will always keep her memory close to my heart!

My mother (Marcelle Martin) adored Aunt Rita. She raved about the nice time she had visiting with her in Newfoundland. Rita was a special lady indeed and we are so sad to hear this news. RIP Aunt Rita.
Shelley and John Brajuka

I have known Rita for a long time, since she was a dear friend to my mother-in-law, Winnie, and her husband, Gerald. The last of the immediate Bursey family and really the end of an era for Rita’s family and her many friends who hung around together and lived life to the fullest in their youthful heyday. Roar In Paradise (RIP) beautiful woman on your heavenly reunification.. God speed, Rita, on your heavenly journey.

To John, Ray Delilah and families: Our deepest sympathy on Aunt Rita’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you deal with your loss.


Johnena and Bob.

I am saddened to hear of Rita’s passing. She was a wonderful friend to my Grandmother Aggie and my mom Judy. I always enjoyed visiting her in Pleasantville – she was so kind and funny. She had a great laugh. Our condolences to her family.

May God accept the repose of the soul of Aunt Rita into His loving hands.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bursey/White families. RIP Rita.

Aunt Rita was a very special person and remembered by all our family rest in peace

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your aunt . May she fly high with the eagles and let her soul rest in peace .

We are heartbroken to hear the news of Rita’s passing.
Rita wasn’t only a friend for over 50 years, she was a part of our family. We spent so many fun, happy times with Rita over the years; dinners, Christmas Eves, birthdays, Labor Day weekend getaways and of course most of these events ended with a few hands of Scat.
Unfortunately with Covid these past number of months we have not been able to have our visits with Rita and didn’t have an opportunity to say goodbye.
We extend our deepest sympathy to all of her family. Rita will be forever in our hearts.
Rest in peace dear friend.

My thoughts and prayers go out to families of Rita. Rita worked in the Main Office with my uncle until the mines closed. She was also a friend of my parents. RIP Rita