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Rita Murphy

June 14, 1925 - November 1, 2013


Rita Helen Murphy passed away peacefully at McKinney Place, Oliver on November 1, 2013, aged 88.

Rita was pre-deceased in 2000 by her husband and best friend of 55 years, Bill Murphy. She is survived by her daughter Sue Gay (Cliff) in Oliver and sons Clive Murphy (Linda) and Ken Murphy (Hilary ) both in England, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Born in England, Rita enlisted in the Armed Forces and at the end of World War 2 married Bill. Rita pursued interests in music and drama as well as enjoying outdoor activities.

In 1984 Rita and Bill immigrated to Oliver to be closer to the Canadian branch of their family.

Rita was an active volunteer in the local Thrift Shop, Red Cross and Sunnybank Auxiliary. She was also an avid Bridge player and active in her Church.

She shared with Bill a love of hiking, camping and exploring the Canadian wilderness. More recently she continued to be active through travel, walking and gardening.

A memorial service to celebrate Rita's enthusiasm for life will be held on Thursday November 7, 2pm at Valley Congregational Church, Black Sage Road, Oliver.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Betty-Jo Hetherington
Relation: good friend

Another loved one to join my dear Steve in heaven. What a reunion. My heart aches for the family in the loss of Rita and I want to thank you for sharing her with me the past few years. She lived a rich life and was such an inspiration to everyone. May the love of the Lord give you peace as you go through the grieving process. She is no longer suffering and in the presence of the Lord. Think on those precious times with her and may those memories bring joy. love, hugs and prayers Betty-Jo

From: Nan Hendrie & Anne Selsing
Relation: Friend

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sadness.

From: Chris and Betty
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Dear Sue, Cliff and your family.
Betty and I and our family wish Rita, God’s speed as we remember her. She was a kind and dignified lady who frequently was at your house as our children visited you for music lessons. She always seemed to provide a background of serene calmness and strength that could come only from a polite woman who has seen and experienced much in her life . Warmest condolences, Chris and Betty Jentsch

From: Lena Thompson
Relation: Care Aide at McKinney Place

I so enjoyed looking after Rita and she always had a beautiful smile each day. She is missed. My condolences to the family.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 7, 2013
Beginning at 2:00pm

Valley Congregational Christian Church
4312 Black Sage Road
Oliver, Select your State or Province Canada

A memorial service to celebrate Rita”s enthusiasm for life will be held on Thursday November 7, 2pm at Valley Congregational Church, Black Sage Road, Oliver.

4312 Black Sage Road
Oliver, Select your State or Province Canada

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