WEST ENOSBURGH – Rita Mary Paule (Rainville) Parent, age 84, wife of George W. Parent, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013 at the Northwestern Medical Center.
She was born January 24, 1928 in Franklin the daughter of the late, Wilfred & Alsyma (Tarte) Rainville.
Rita was a dedicated communicant of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne Society and had played the organ. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, her family and friends will remember her as being gentle, humble and always putting others first. She loved family gatherings and making sure her company was fed well. Rita had an incredible memory of remembering everyone’s birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. She also enjoyed playing cards especially 500 and solving crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her husband, George W. Parent of West Enosburgh. Rita & George were married May 29, 1948 She is also survived by her 13 children and their spouses, Robert S. & Diane Parent of Sheldon, Patricia & James Keefe of Bel Air, MD, David L. & Susan Parent of Gouverneur, NY, Alan T. Parent of Bensalem, PA, Denise & Gale Messier of St. Albans, Dianne & Leonard Parent of St. Albans, Gloria Parent of Glastonbury, CT, Norman V. & Pamela Parent of Burke, NY, Rene & Melissa Parent of Portland, OR, Anthony Parent of Hyde Park, Marcel V. Parent & Betsy Larose of West Enosburgh, Martha E. & Tim Magnant of Franklin, and Gisele & Chris Stimpson of West Enosburgh; 25 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; her siblings and their spouses, Andrew & Imogene Rainville of Franklin, Aline & Claude Magnant of St. Albans, Roger & Denise Rainville of St. Albans, and Clement & Betty Rainville of Franklin; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Rita was predeceased by a daughter, Doris Parent; a grandson, Matthew Parent; and a brother, Richard Rainville.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 222 Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Roger Charbonneau and Rita’s cousin, Rev, Marcel Rainville SSE con-celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be held Monday from 4-7 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in Rita’s memory may be made to St. Anne’s Shrine, 92 St. Anne’s Road, Isle LaMotte, VT 05463 or to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, P.O. Box 563, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.