Rita P. Towle
RUMFORD -- Rita P. Towle, 88, of Rumford, passed away peacefully at Rumford Hospital on September 11, 2013 with loving family at her side.
She was born in Rumford on June 7, 1925, a daughter of John R. and Flora (Toupin) Paradis. Rita was a graduate of Stephens High School Class of 1943 and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1946, where she was a member of the US Cadet Nurse Corps.
She was a registered nurse on the surgical floor at Rumford Community Hospital from 1964-1983. She was a communicant of Parish of the Holy Savior, a member of the Daughters of Isabella, and Horizons 55.
Rita was a volunteer for Androscoggin Home Health Services, the Hope Association, WOWS, Rumford and Dixfield Senior Citizens and the Rumford Community Home.
Most important things in Rita’s life were her family, church, and her nursing career. Rita was an avid reader who also enjoyed doing the crossword puzzles, and was always challenging her mind.
Surviving are a daughter, Martina “Marty” Towle of Rumford; three grandchildren, Dawn Towle White and husband, Wayne of WA, Patricia Towle of NY, and Jennifer Towle Davis and husband, Jason of New York; six great-grandchildren and onegreat-great grandchild; one niece, three nephews, and their families.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Archer “Bud” Towle; a son, James “Jim” Towle; and three sisters, Janet Venskus, Doris Gaudin, and Claire Stiles.
She was lovingly cared for in her last days at Rumford Hospital by some of the very nurses and nurses’ aides that worked with her over the years. The family would like to thank Dr. Deluca and the of the nurses and nurses’ aides that gave her and her family exceptional care during her final days. Thank you to an aunt that was part of a family that lived, loved, played and helped her to take that final journey with love. May the next generation continue down this road of “Family.”
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parish of the Holy Savior. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rita’s memory may be made to the Hope Association, 85 Lincoln Ave., Rumford, ME 04276.