Rita C. Pickles, 91

Rita C. Pickles

Rita C. Pickles

DENMARK — Rita C. Pickles, “Mom,” 91, passed away at Bridgton Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, with her daughter and son-in-law at her side. A charismatic, caring, loving and giving woman, Rita was fiercely proud of her independence. She loved living her life, including her last day, in her home on the shores of Moose Pond in Denmark. She was truly a wonderful Mom.

Rita was born March 24, 1922, in Sanford.

A Gold Star Mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents, Frank and Mary Lemire; and sister, Jeannette Paul. Her son, Michael, gave his life for our country in Vietnam in 1970.

Rita graduated from Sanford High School in Sanford, where she was a cheerleader. She always enjoyed racing, and, later in life became a passionate NASCAR fan.

For many years she worked as a nurse at Goodall Hospital in Sanford.

In 1948, Rita married Richard “Dick” Pickles, and for many years lived in Sanford, raising their two children, Mike and Janet. In the early 1940s, they bought property on Moose Pond in Denmark, and would come to the pond whenever possible to enjoy the water, woods and mountain, and to build their summer home. In the mid-80s, they moved to the pond as full-time residents. Both Rita and Dick were active members of the Denmark Lions Club. Rita adored her many friends, and her life on the pond.

She was a beautiful lady. Rita always strove to “look pretty,” and, to her final day, she always succeeded.

Throughout her life, with a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eye, she loved helping other people.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet and son-in-law, Bob. Rita was the proud grandmother of Brett (fiancée Susan Pickle) Hill, Elisabeth Swango, David (Laura) Hill and Geoffrey Hill. Rita was also the grandmother of Lindsay, Eric, Elizabeth and Teresa Ventura. She is survived by six great-grandchildren, and many other well-loved relatives and friends.

At her request, no funeral or memorial service will be held. Also, as per her wish, her remains have been cremated.

Memorial donations may be sent in her name to her favorite charity, Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, 1389 Bridgton Road, Fryeburg, ME 04037.

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