Rita Mae (Jennings) DeBeck

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Rita Mae (Jennings) DeBeck

October 14, 1930 - March 13, 2019

Bucksport and Brewer - Rita Mae (Jennings) DeBeck, of Bucksport, Maine, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2019 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Born on October 14, 1930 to Louis Jennings Sr. and Mary (Honey) Jennings of Holden, and while still in high school, Rita met Robert DeBeck, the love of her life. Married on July 29, 1951, Rita and Bob embarked on a 68 year journey together, never wavering in their devotion to one another. Rita and Bob were blessed with six children, each of them different but all united in their love for their parents. Rita's love for all of them - and her shining eyes, her quick smile and her quiet, yet sometimes mischievous wit - are just a few of the many gifts from her that her family will cherish forever.
Following her wedding, Rita immersed herself into making Bob and their growing family a happy, welcoming home in Brewer, where they lived for nearly 35 years, before the couple moved to Bucksport. Rita valued family and tradition. It was evident then from Mom's use of the recipes passed on to her by her own mother to the hanging of the Christmas ornaments crafted by each of her children in kindergarten. It was evident towards the end when last year we again browsed through her mother's recipe box and carefully hung those decades' old ornaments on the Christmas tree. Rita smiled while holding those ornaments in her hand - just as she surely smiled when her children first gave them to her. Rita loved her family, and she loved that her traditions were being passed on to her children. That, Mom, is a gift never to be forgotten by any of us.
Rita was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Mary Jennings and her brother Louis Jennings, Jr., and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins all dear to her. Rita was also predeceased by Bob's parents, Stanley and Viola DeBeck, whom she loved and spoke of often, as well as her brother-in-law Carl DeBeck and his wife Charlotte. Rita has now been welcomed by each of them and, from above, is again smiling that beautiful smile at all of us.
Rita is survived by her loving husband, Robert DeBeck, son, Robert DeBeck, Jr. and wife, Jane, daughter, Pam Lord and husband, David, Sr., daughter, Cindy Kneeland and husband, Dave, son Jim, daughter Sharon, and daughter Susan; grandsons David Lord, Jr., Gregory Lord and wife, Heather, and Darren Cook and wife, Katie; and granddaughter, Kristy (DeBeck) Martin; great-grandchildren, Carson, Rogan, and Elyce; and great-great grandsons, Noah and Sebastian. Rita is also survived by her beloved brother, Donald Jennings and wife, Bertie, and their children, Brent Jennings and Angela Sinnott, and their families.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main Street, Brewer, where a funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2019. All are welcome to share conversation and refreshments in the Family Reception Rooms of Brookings-Smith, immediately following the service, Monday. Private interment will be in Harts Corner Cemetery, Holden, in the spring. Rita's family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, and in keeping with Rita's love and appreciation of books and reading, contributions may be made to the library at the Earl C. McGraw School, 20 Main Road North, Hampden, ME 04444. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com
Published on March 14, 2019
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7 posts

Al and Pat Trask
Mar 17, 2019
So sad to hear of the passing of this wonderful lady. She was so kind and thoughtful all of her life. Rita was quiet but strong in her own positive ways. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. She and Bob had a wonderful marriage and raised a great family. Sorry we can't make the funeral as we are in Florida. Bob, I will be down to see you when I get home in May. Take of yourself and I'm so glad you have your wonderful family around you for support.
Lionel Douin
Mar 16, 2019
Am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. Just read about it on line.
Lionel. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Former Postmaster of Bucksport
Denny Honey Sr
Mar 16, 2019
So sorry Bob and kids and Don and Bertie. Would be there if I could but can't because of Donna's condition. Know my thougts and prayes are with you all..
Nichole McClure
Mar 15, 2019
I'm sad to hear of Rita's passing. She and Bob have been a light in my own life as a neighbor. My prayers and thoughts go out to Bob and their entire family.
Polly woodard
Mar 15, 2019
So sorry for your loss, prayers and thoughts to you and your family.
Mike and Peggy Legasse
Mar 15, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of your loss ,such a dear sweet lady. So many fond moments will last with all of us.
Maynard and Patti Corey
Mar 14, 2019
We are so very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. We will be with you in spirit and please know that we share your pain and sorrow.