Rita Ives

Rita Evelyn Ives (nee Code), 85 years, of Leamington, Ontario, passed away June 16, 2020, with family by her side.

Rita was born to parents, George and Annabelle Code, in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, on June 15, 1935.
Loving mother of Colleen (Greg) Coats, Steven (Anita) Ives, Darren Ives, and Kristin (Jay) Ives-Howard. Cherished grandmother of Bryan Coats, Brett (Jennifer) Coats, Jillian (Ryan) Ives, Jacklyn (Josh) Epp, Dylan (Alexis) Ives, Taylor (Drew) Ives, Taylor Howard, Jamie Ives, and Mylie Ives. Doting ‘Grandma Grape’ (Great Grandmother) to Cameron, Caitlynn, Camden, Rhiannon and Joslyn. Rita will also be missed by her siblings, Marie Reeves, Vi Rintoul, Sandy Federspiel, Ray Code, Ken Code, Mervin Code and David Code, her brother in law, Harry Ives, her best friend, Joyce Williamson, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Predeceased by her loving husband Jack Ives (1923-1985), and her brothers Bob Code and Don Code.
Rita adventured to Ontario with her Grandpa McRae on the Canadian National Railway as a teenager. Always independent, she decided to stay and started working on local farms and in the Superior Converters overall factory in Mount Forest. While in Ontario, Rita eventually met and married her love, Jack Ives, in 1956. Rita and Jack settled in Jack’s hometown of Leamington, Ontario.
Rita was a valued employee of the H.J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd. for 26 years. She was an active member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, holding the executive position of Secretary Treasurer for many years. Always busy and giving of herself, in retirement Rita was an active volunteer with the Salvation Army Leamington, the John R. Park Homestead in Harrow, and Windsor’s Community Museum. She received several honours and awards for her volunteer service and community involvement.
Rita was the most incredible mother, grandmother, and friend. She opened her home and her heart to many, always offering a seat at her table to friends and family from near and far. She was a wonderful baker, famous for her buns, sugar cookies, and strawberry pies. Rita was a fierce competitor and enjoyed winning at euchre, cribbage and crokinole.
The family extends special thanks to the Staff and the Chaplain of the Leamington Mennonite Home Retirement Residence, where she received wonderful companionship and care.
A celebration of life and internment will take place at a future time, when friends and family can gather together to celebrate Rita’s life. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations can be made to the Salvation Army Leamington, or the Leamington Mennonite Home.

12 Comments on “Rita Ives”

  1. Coleen, Steve , Kris and Darren and families. We are so very sorry for the loss of your precious mom and grandmother, she was such a sweet lady who raised four amazing children. Hugs to you all.

  2. Great souls never ever part and leave an impression on anyone they came across..I’m so deeply sorry for your loss.Please Lord wrap your loving arms around Darren and his family giving them comfort and strength through this very difficult time

  3. Kristin & Jay and Family

    Ron & I wish to send you our most sincerest condolences on the passing of your Mother/Mother in Law & Grandmother. After reading her obituary she sounds like she was an amazing woman & I now know where Kristen gets it from ( Apple. Tree )
    Know that she and her memory will forever live on in your hearts. Wishing you strength at this most difficult time in your lives.

    Sincerely Ron Hutchins & Tracy Segedin

  4. Kris and family,
    I was sad to hear about your mother. I loved hearing the stories you shared with me about her and your family home – she sounded like an incredible woman and so very close to your heart. Please know that I’m thinking about you and sending my deepest condolences.

  5. She was a wonderful inspiration to all her children and grandchildren. And all who knew her. Deepest sympathies Eric and Louise Harder

  6. Dear Kris,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom…..mothers are so special, and your Mom sounds like an absolute delight and wonderful woman. Please know that I am thinking of you. Condolences, Beth

  7. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. We had the pleasure of knowing her for many years. She truly was an amazing lady and will be missed.

  8. Rita was a wonderful neighbour to us for over 40 years. We have great memories of her. We are thinking of all of you and send our deepest sympathies

  9. Our deepest condolences to the whole Ives family. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all. With love from the Beaupre and Wolf family.

  10. My deepest condolences , Rita was a very caring and lovely person . I have great memories of volunteering together at the Salvation Army My thought and prayers are with her family

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