Rita J. Harris

Born: Wed., Jun. 16, 1937
Died: Tue., Jul. 30, 2019


12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 02, 2019
Location: Burns Mortuary of Pendleton

Graveside Service

10:00 AM Sat., Aug. 03, 2019
Location: Pilot Rock Cemetery

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Rita Jean Harris was born June 16, 1937 to Roy and Helen Peterson in Wenatchee, Washington. When she was one year old the family moved to Pilot Rock where she attended school and graduated from High school. Rita married Wayne Harris in 1955 in Pilot Rock at the Presbyterian Church. They moved to Pendleton where she worked as a bookkeeper for many local businesses. She enjoyed camping with her family and was a member of the Blue mountain Good Sam camping club. She loved being a grandmother and spending time with all her grandchildren. Rita is survived by her husband Wayne Harris, her three children Douglas W. Harris of Pendleton, Rhonda C. McLaughlin of La Grande, Clifford R. Harris of Heppner, her brother Kenny Peterson of John Day, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents.

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Sandra Lutz
   Posted Wed July 31, 2019
Heaven just got another Angel. She was the sweetest person you will ever meet. The world never be as bright as it was. Rest In Peace.

   Posted Thu August 01, 2019
She was a fighter till the end, always encouraging others to never give up. Rita will be missed by all who knew her. God bless her family.

shirlee nirschl
   Posted Thu August 01, 2019
Please know thoughts and prayers are with you all.What a fighter.My heart is heavy.Shirlee

Carol Monahan
   Posted Fri August 02, 2019
So, so sorry Rita's family. I'm in Montana or I'd be there. She was a wonderful person even tho she was small she was like a big sister...love & prayers Carol Rae

Patti McMahon
   Posted Fri August 02, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear this....such a lovely and wonderful woman - who was our babysitter when we were very young. Rest in peace....

Louise Huling and Isabel Pilotti
   Posted Fri August 02, 2019
May you rest in peace friend is our wishes. Your kindness and happy fun loving face will be missed by all.

Sheryl Smith
   Posted Fri August 02, 2019
Very sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. She was such a sweet lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Karen Bopp Reinhardt
   Posted Fri August 02, 2019
Wayne and family,
Sending my heartfelt condolences. I know she is so missed.
Karen Bopp Reinhardt
Carson City, Nevada

Dennis Estrada
   Posted Fri August 02, 2019
My condolences to Rita’s family. I remember Rita from my youth as a very popular young lady with her peers. I believe she may have baby sat for our family from time to time. Rest In Peace Rita...you will always be remembered!

Dawnita Picard
   Posted Sat August 03, 2019
Rita I thought and prayed for you often. We shared treatment stories, and you always made my day with how positive and encouraging you are. You fought the good fight! Now you journey on ahead. I am so sorry for your family, I know they will miss you so!

Nicki Warren
   Posted Sat August 03, 2019
Deepest sympathies for Rita’s loved ones. She and I were next door neighbors growing up and she was always so sweet and nice to me and remained so throughout our adult lives.

   Posted Mon August 05, 2019
Reet, you were one of a kind. The boss of R&W - wouldn't have been the same place if it was W&R.... you will always be in my heart. Thanks for teaching me things that I wouldn't learn from my own Mom. Rest in Peace.

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