THOSE WHO knew and loved the late Rita Russell are mourning the untimely passing of a most gentle and kind woman.
Rita, of Doneraile House, Barretts Park, sadly passed away last Thursday, October 25, aged just 51 years following a battle with illness.
Her passing leaves a great void in the lives of her three children Sean, Dylan and Jade and partner Neil Stacy, her family members, relatives and many friends.
Large numbers of mourners gathered in St. Mary's and Michael's Parish Church last Saturday to pay their final respects to Rita, after which her remains were removed to The Island Crematorium in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.
Hailing from a well-known New Ross family, Rita was the daughter of the late Nancy Russell, who ran a drapery shop on the street, and Wexford hurler Tim Russell. One of five children, with sons Jack, Pat, Tadgh and Arthur, Rita was their only daughter.
As a child she attended school in St. Joseph's NS and later St. Mary's Secondary School.
When she was in her twenties, Rita moved to the States and worked as a nanny in Philadelphia, which she often spoke fondly of.
Rita was a loving mother to her two sons Sean and Dylan and daughter Jade. In life, family was Rita's main priority and she would do anything for her children. Everything Rita did in life, she did for the betterment of her family.
She will be remembered as a gentle and kind woman, who would do anything for anyone. She was a wonderful, lovely lady, both inside and out.
Rita is deeply missed by her children Sean, Dylan and Jade, partner Neil, her relatives and friends.
May she rest in peace.