Rita Graham

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear Mother, Rita Deveaux Graham, who passed away peacefully on October 24, 2020 at home after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.  She was 86 years old.   Born in Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island, she was raised by her Grandparents, the late Joseph and Mary Deveaux.  Rita is also predeceased by her Mother, Bertha Rose Deveaux Parks.

She is predeceased by her husband Samuel J. Graham (in 1997).   They were married on February 20, 1950, and were happily married until he passed.  She will always be remembered for her giving heart, strong work ethic and her party hard attitude.

Rita loved to dance, and she had all the right moves.  She was a great cook and loved to entertain.  In fact, Dad called our home “Rita’s  Restaurant”.  She loved music and was raised in a very musical family.   Even close to death her foot would wiggle if she heard a tune.  She loved to travel.  Her favourite way to go on holiday was on cruise ships.  She loved it so much that the Lido Deck was her home away from home.  Rita loved her family and three best friends Mary Colburne, Sophie Deveaux (predeceased) and Rita Spearns (predeceased).

Her children also became her best friends later in life.  What a blessing to have had her in our lives.
She never lost her faith in God.   Knowing that gives us great comfort in this very difficult time.

Rita is survived by her 6 children;  Florence Norman (Dave predeceased), Nellie Thyne (Rick), Debbie Graham, Anne Picard (Denis), Samuel Joseph Jr. Graham (Colleen), and Allan Graham.   She is also survived by 13 Grandchildren; Daryl Barchet (Marilee), Denis Barchet, Dawna Toews (Brad), Sammy Thyne, Jody-Denis Thyne (Bobbi-Lee), Mellisa Burke, Michael Whitman (Sonya), Anthony Picard, Leanne Murphy MacKeigan (Kelly), Rita Murphy (Gary), Jessica Graham, Samantha Graham, and Jamie Mc Issac.  Rita was also a loving Great-Grandmother to several Great-Grand Children; Stosh Toews, Joah Toews, Nevaeh Toews, MacKean Thyne, Rowyn Thyne, Willow Thyne, Felicity Jeanveau, Sabastian Partington, Shamaus Murphy, Jaliegh Murphy, Layla Murphy, Trenton Williams, Amelia Whitman, Xavier Whitman, and Isabella Mc Issac.  Rita was sister to; Racheal Keigan (Bill), Rose Theriault (Les), Mary Moore Parks (Edward, Predeceased), Betty-Anne Middledon (Larry), Johnny Parks (Cathy), Danny Parks (Doreen, Predeceased), and Larry Parks (Ellie).  Rita will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, and many friends.

As per mom’s wishes, there will be no service.  Cremation has already taken place.  She would like everyone to celebrate her life to the fullest, as she had always done.   “Rest In Peace” Mom – We will never stop loving you.  Whoba Whoba !

14 Comments on “Rita Graham”

  1. So Happy Mom your Happy now and not in Pain …We will miss you Dearly but you will always be in our Hearts forever….❤️

  2. Beautiful write up. Captures her heart and love for life beautifully. Miss you Nanny. We know Heaven is having a dance party right now. <3

  3. You were all so blessed to have such a caring loving woman in your lives.rita taught me alot over the years.and i was blessed to have such a beautiful caring mother in law.i will miss her very much.i loved her like the mom i never had.rest in peace rita.

  4. Rita was such a sweet person. I only met her five years ago, but I came to know her as a friend and neighbour. I really enjoyed the times that I had with her. I will always miss her and remember her with love. Rest in peace my dear friend.

  5. A very sad day for us left behind. I remember the parties when I was a little girl. I loved watching Aunt Rita with her dance moves. She had quite a few❤️ I remember my parents use to go their house to the basement parties and I begged to go lol. Loved being there !! I will miss you dearly but relieved she is not suffering anymore. She’s with her love and we should be happy for her !! Love you Aunt Rita xoxo

  6. So sorry to hear about Rita’s passing My thoughts and prayers to the entire Parks And Graham family ❤⚘

  7. What a beautiful obituary for a very beautiful woman. She spread an awful lot of love throughout her life. Rest peacefully Rita.

  8. Sammy, Colleen and Family. My deepest condolences to your family. My heart is breaking for you all. I did not know your mom, Sammy, but I am sure she was a lovely woman. She raised a kind, thoughtful, wonderful son who we are proud to call, FRIEND! xoxoxoxo

  9. You will always be remember and never forgotten
    Granddad was waiting for you when you woke up in heaven
    You always had an amazing energy surrounding you and others .
    Very well organized and beautiful obituary.
    From your granddaughter and great grand children
    Love you always

  10. Where do I start maybe when she let me read her hand many many years ago. The mother of my best friend who later became a true friend of mine. Her love for entertaining and feeding everyone who came in the door. A woman who loved her family as they loved her. A smile a laugh and a few stories as well best describes Rita. Lady you will always be missed Joanne ❤️

  11. Nanny, thank you for being in my life for 51 years, i will surely miss you. Lots of great memories for sure from Sydney to Sudbury to Kingston N.S and the few cruises we went on together. I always made sure to go visit you no matter where you were. From your eldest Grandson fear not i will visit you in Heaven too. Love you forever and ever. xoxo

  12. Prayers to all the family, you will be missed rita! You are dancing in heaven my friend, we had some good times and you will always be remembered. We were all better off for knowing her.

  13. To the Graham Family we are very sorry to hear about your Mom. RIP. from the Nicholson Family

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