Rita’s power was in her gentle unconditional love and acceptance of all who crossed her path. She was a passionate, uncompromising, musician and a lively advocate for music education. In fact, she made her living doing just that for the OC Philharmonic Society. Very smart, she had a mind like a steel trap. She was an example in my world of how kindness and affirming acceptance brings out the best in people. Rita was diagnosed with cancer and was gone within ten days of that diagnosis. I was devastated! The night before she passed I awoke in the middle of the night overwhelmed with grief. I tried everything to calm myself down but even praying didn’t help. I started to say the “Hail Mary.” I choked up at the beginning on the line, “Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” Slowly a calmness began to come over me as if being held in eternal love. Then I fell into a deep and restful sleep. Please enjoy the Beatles rendition of “Let It Be.”


by Gracie