SAN DIEGO, CA / ORRINGTON, ME - Rita Christine Thomas, 77, wife of the late Richard A. Thomas, died July 19, 2014, at home with her family and dogs in San Diego, CA. She was born April 23, 1937, in Bangor, ME, the daughter of Ralph C. and Edna R. (Philbrook) Fortier.
Rita was a longtime employee of Magazines Incorporated of Bangor, ME, until her retirement in 1997, when she moved to San Diego, CA. She was a member of the Brewer Eagles Club of Brewer, Maine. In the past she was a volunteer at the Rancho Penesquitos Public Library, San Diego, CA, and of late was a volunteer at the St. Michael's Thrift Shop, St. Vincent De Paul in Poway, CA, where she enjoyed doing jewelry repair for the shop. At home for enjoyment, she tended her flower garden, did crossword puzzles and watched game shows.
Rita was a kind and giving person who endeared herself to those who knew her. She will be dearly missed by her family, co-workers and many friends.
Rita is survived by her partner, Leo Plummer of San Diego; two sons, Richard A. H. Thomas and his wife, Marlene, of Hermon, ME, and Raymond A. Thomas and his partner Jenifer Lambert of Glenburn, ME; and three daughters, Dawn Marie Thomas and her husband, Gregg Tweedie, of Hampden, ME, Rita Annette Babcock and her husband, Robert, of Hermon, ME, and Tamara Lynn Bate of San Diego, CA. She also leaves 14 grandchildren, Jonathan Thomas, Brandon Thomas, Ryan Thomas, Nicholas Thomas, Chelsea Kuzio, Cole Tweedie, Christopher Thomas, Heather Hamm, Rachael Chambers, Matthew Cunliffe, Damara Whittemore, Kayla Whittemore, Kyla Whittemore, and Tara Hunsucker; two step-granddaughters, Suzanna Michaud and Katrina Garwacki; and 13 great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by her dogs, Pinky, Coco, Holly and Peanut. They loved her and she loved them back. Pinky stayed at her side and comforted her in her final hours and beyond.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held and announced at a later date.