Rita's Story

LINCOLN - Rita Joan (Leveille) Montgomery, 82, of Lincoln, Maine passed away on April 2, 2015, at a Bangor healthcare facility. Rita was born February 17, 1933, in Berlin, New Hampshire, daughter of the late Oscar & Eva (Durant) Leveille.

Rita moved with her family to Millinocket, Maine at the end of the depression in 1940, for better work opportunities for her father. She graduated from Stearns High School in Millinocket in 1953. She met and married the love of her life Bob on June 4, 1960, in Millinocket. Newlyweds Rita and Bob then moved to Milford, Connecticut and bought a home to begin their new life together and start their family. Rita left her job at Newberry's Department Store shortly after her first child was born to be a stay-at-home mom. Rita and Bob's dream of moving back to Maine finally came true in 1979, when they bought a camp on Egg Pond in Lincoln, then a home in South Lincoln a couple years later.

Rita is lovingly remembered by one brother, Maurice of Greene; one sister, Madeline of Lewiston; two daughters, Deborah Pickering and her husband, Phil of South Berwick and Susan Beveridge and her husband, John of Saco; one son, Michael and his wife, Barbara of Lincoln; 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband of 54 years, Bob, Rita is predeceased by two brothers, Robert Leveille and Joseph "Raymond" Leveille, both formerly of Millinocket.

Rita always loved being a stay-at-home mom and wife. For many years she enjoyed camping with family and friends. Her favorite place in the world was her parents' camp on South Twin Lake in Millinocket. Rita and Bob were also able to take many wonderful trips together through Webber Supply, visiting such places as Austria, Germany, Aruba, Hawaii, Florida and a cruise. She enjoyed going to the music jam at the KC Hall in Lincoln on Wednesday nights. She also loved visits by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend, and will be sadly missed by all.

Visiting hours will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road in Lincoln, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon at St Mary's Church, 142 Main St, Lincoln. Interment will be held at Lincoln Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lincoln Regional Food Cupboard.

Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.
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