Rita Schoepflin passed away at the age of 69 years on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in Regina, SK.
A wake was held on Monday, August 12, 2019 from the Cote First Nation Band Hall.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 also rom the Cote First Nation Band Hall.
Interment followed at the Elizabeth Gardens Cemetery.
Rita was born in Kamsack, SK to Peter and Elizabeth Tourangeau. She was educated at Cote Day School and her secondary education was at Grand Prairie, Alberta.
In 1970’s Rita moved to Swan River, Manitoba to start a family, she had four children; Peter, Debbie, Mallory and Clayton.
Over the years Rita did a lot of travelling and mostly loved to camp. Always pulling a camper of some sorts. If she found a place beautiful, she most likely ended up moving there for a while. She was care free spirit that always needed to fly. Her travels took her as far as California, Las Vegas, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.
As the years passed on, she sort of settled down in different places, each place gave her an opportunity to work. She was a landlord in Saskatoon, cook in Hythe and a house keeper in Beaver Lodge, Alberta.
Over the next few decades Rita became a foster mother opening her house to numerous children whether for a night or two or ten years. Rita’s door was always open. She had a huge heart always giving and feeding her family and friends. The children that came and stayed with her always had an adventure… If you showed up at her house in the middle of the week and seen a cooler you knew she was going camping and fishing whether at the camp ground or along the river bank. She had a favorite fishing rod named “Ugly Stick”.
She loved bon fires from early spring to late fall. Sitting around the fire telling stories and listening to music until early morning. She enjoyed listening to fiddler and gospel music.
She was predeceased by her children; Peter and Debbie, parents; Peter and Elizabeth, grandparents; Isabel, Peter and Sarah, brothers; Peter and Joseph, Sisters; Genevieve, Judy, Mary Madelene and Eileen.
She survived by Son Clayton (Ryanne), husband Alvin, grandchildren; Samantha, Alice, Eva, Austin, Steven, Jordan, Rhianna, Haven and Tyson, great grandson; Evan , brothers and sisters, Melba, George (Cora), Charles (Irin) Theresa, Mike (Sandra), Joann (Danny), Tommy, Anita (Chick), Bernie (Alley), Karen, Sara, Jeanette (Rocky), Benny, and Joe. As well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends.