Myers Smith, Rita Marie 4/15/1922 - 5/28/2016 Born Rita Marie Rothgery in the small town of Elyria, Ohio, Rita grew up during the Great Depression as the youngest sibling of 2 brothers on a small farm where her love of both animals and music blossomed. Her parents died when she was a teenager, but she had a large extended family to care for her, and her strong faith. She learned stenography, married her childhood sweetheart, Bob Myers when he was on leave in 1942, and lived with Bob's mom in North Ridgeville, Ohio through the birth of her first child (David Robert) in 1943 until the end of WWII. After the war, they moved to Newport Beach, CA, where she worked at the Balboa Bay Club, gave birth to her second child (Sheri Anne) in 1947, and built a small house to surprise Bob when he came home from the Korean War. In 1955 they moved to Laguna Beach where she was active in church and community organizations, excelled in flower arranging and mosaics, enjoyed square dancing with Bob, and loved skiing, camping, fishing, and road trips across the States with her family. She studied Real Estate, became a Broker, and operated her own business (Sandcastle Real Estate) in Laguna until 1973 when they moved to Huntington Beach to be within walking distance of their grandchildren. Bob died suddenly in 1977, but she remarried in 1988 to Joel Smith, moved to Rancho Mirage, and gained a whole new family where she found kindred souls to share her love of puzzles, card and board games -- never "letting" the grandkids win, but loving it when they did. They traveled the U.S. in their motor home and the Holy Land with their church, but after Joel passed in 2001, she returned to Orange County - first to Laguna Woods, then back to Huntington Beach in 2008 where she lived with her daughter for 8 years until she passed away at the age of 94. Having lived the blessings of a full life, she is remembered with love by her large extended family: her son and daughter, David Myers (Penny) and Sheri Fahy; her 15 grandchildren (inc. Paul Blanco (Laura) and Shelly Burleson); Kimberly [Mike] Frost); her in-laws and step-family; 12 great-grandchildren, 8 nieces & nephews; and favorite grand-nieces & nephews too numerous to count. The love she gave to us is irreplaceable, and as the guiding light for so many of our lives, our family will not be the same without her. A celebration of her life will be held at Christ Pacific Church at 20112 Magnolia St. in Huntington Beach at 11:00AM on Saturday, January 14th.
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