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Rita K. (Murray) Travers

Born: Mon., Nov. 17, 1924
Died: Sat., Mar. 10, 2012


Visitation

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 14, 2012
Location: MacKinnon Funeral Home


Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Mar. 15, 2012
Location: Holy Ghost Church


Interment

11:15 AM Thu., Mar. 15, 2012
Location: St. James Cemetery


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 Rita K. (Murray) Travers age 87 of Whitman March 10, 2012 passed away at St. Joseph's Manor in Brockton Saturday evening surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late John R. Travers former Whitman Chief of Police, with whom she shared 51 years of marriage. She will be forever missed by her six children and their families, Jane Morgan and her husband Donald of Hudson, Kathleen Marini and her companion Donald Ellis of Hanson, John Travers and his wife Marie of Plymouth, Timothy Travers former Fire Chief of Whitman and his wife Carolyn of Whitman, Joanne Ross and her husband Jeffrey of Whitman, Michael Travers and his wife Renee of Hanson. She was the beloved Gramma of Matthew and Meg Morgan, Patricia Marini Glen, John (JJ), Adam, Jillian, Patrick and Kelly Travers. She was the great-grandmother of Lizabeth Glenn. Rita was aunt to many nieces and nephews and their children.

A long time resident of Whitman, Rita was born on Temple St. in Whitman and graduated from Whitman High School in 1942. During World War ll she worked at the Whitman Fire Station as a typist for Civilian Defense. She worked as a waitress at the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman for many years and retired from the Whitman School Department where she worked as a teacher's aide for many years. Rita courageously batted Multiple Sclerosis since her diagnosis in 1985. Prior to her illness she enjoyed knitting, making braided rugs, and baking. She was well known by her children's friends for her Toll House cookies. Rita was an avid fan of the Red Sox and the Patriots. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband and was proud to have traveled to Ireland on four occasions. She was a communicant of Holy Ghost Church, a Girl Scout leader, a lifetime member of the Whitman Mother's Club, and member of the Police Wife’s Club. She was the beloved daughter of the late William J. and Winifred (Bailey) Murray and was predeceased by her brother Paul W. Murray and her sister Dorothea Dugan.

Visiting hours in the MacKinnon Funeral Home 760 Washington St., Whitman Wednesday 4-9 PM.

Funeral Mass in Holy Ghost Church Thursday Morning at 10 AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Internment St. James Cemetery, Whitman.

The Family would like donations in Rita's memory to St. Joseph's Manor 215 Thatcher St. Brockton, MA 02301 or Whitman Food Pantry C/O Holy Ghost Parish 518 Washington St. Whitman, MA 02382.

The Family would like to thank St. Joseph's Manor for all the wonderful care that was shown to Rita over the past 8 years.

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Linda Dodrill Bothwell
   Posted Sun March 11, 2012
Truely sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family. Mrs Travers has always been someone i looked up to. I still have a blanket that she made for me in 1979. I had the pleasure of seeeing Mrs Travers in Jan this year, when My Mom was @ St Josephs Manor, Mrs Travers remembered who I was after so many years of her not seeing me. God Bless the Family

Sally and Geoff Morgan
   Posted Mon March 12, 2012
Geoff and I are keeping all of you in our prayers. We feel honoured to have been welcomed into the Travers home by Rita. She was a wonderful mother and such a lovely person. Much love Sally and Geoff Morgan

Mary & Jim McCann
   Posted Mon March 12, 2012
We're so sorry for your loss. Your mom will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Jessica Lippert
   Posted Mon March 12, 2012
Jon and I are so sorry for your loss. We will be keeping you in our thoughts.

Barbara and Ross Maniaci
   Posted Mon March 12, 2012
We are sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother.Although we didn't know her very well,we could tell she was very much loved when we attended a couple of your family get togethers.And no matter how well we prepare for this time,when it does arrive,it is still hard to take.Our sincerest condolences.

Nancy Wigglesworth Dugan
   Posted Mon March 12, 2012
Dear Travers, So sorry to hear of Aunt Rita's passing. We always loved her. She was so sweet and caring. The perfect mom and grandmother!! Wish we had been able to see her more recently. Dion and I send our sympathies with lots of love and hugs. Nancy & Dion Dugan

Eva Walther
   Posted Mon March 12, 2012
My condolences to the entire Travers Family Rita was an amazing LADY and you all have been very fortunate to have her guide you through life. It was a priveledge to have known her. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.






Jack and Pat Concree
   Posted Mon March 12, 2012
Kathy and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolence. You can always be proud of how much love, care, and support you gave to your mother.

Lisa Karling
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
Dear Travers family, our next door neighbors, and friends for many years. It was a special place and time, made so by the people who lived there. Although our lives have scattered us, we have so many wonderful memories. I remember Rita for her kindness, smile and voice; calling someone in for dinner ~ or have you seen .....? and especially her laugh. My heart is broken, for our families. My dear brother and his girls, our family have also lost a very special lady, Kate. For all, we can only hope the love of our family and friends (and time) will heal. Take care, with love, Lisa Karling OX

Kathy Murray Canelias
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
To all my cousins and their families, I wish to convey my deepest sympathy for your loss. Aunt Rita was a most amazing woman with a fabulous spirit. I have always felt very blessed to have known her.

Jan and Stan Sismey
   Posted Wed March 14, 2012
Our sympathy to all members of Rita's loving family. We feel honoured and inspired to have been recipients of her home hospitality and in recent years her positive interest in everyone even though she was seldom able to get out and about.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stan and Jan

Cheryl Blake
   Posted Wed March 14, 2012
From the few stories Kathy told me about your mother, she was quite a woman. Great sense of humor and dignity. To be so loved by her children speaks volumes about her. I am so sorry for your loss, I know she will be missed greatly.

Bobby
   Posted Wed March 14, 2012
Timmy, Carolyn and the rest of you little BRATS as Rita would say.
It was hard to to get Timmy"s call the other night to learn my other mom passed away. I hear her voice next to Kate''''''''s every day and somehow hearing them both it is giving me the strenght to go on as she did through her long struggle. She will allways be in my heart as she is a part of who we all became along with your dad big John my beloved parents Bob and Evelyn.
Love Bobby

Bobby
   Posted Wed March 14, 2012
Timmy, Carolyn and the rest of you little BRATS as Rita would say.
It was hard to to get Timmy"s call the other night to learn my other mom passed away. I hear her voice next to Kate''''''''''''''''s every day and somehow hearing them both it is giving me the strenght to go on as she did through her long struggle. She will allways be in my heart as she is a part of who we all became along with your dad big John my beloved parents Bob and Evelyn.
Love Bobby

Bill and Elaine Dugan and family
   Posted Thu March 15, 2012
We are so sad to hear of the passing of Aunt Rita. We have so many fond memories of her and family celebrations. She was such a blessing to all. She and Uncle John certainly raised some wonderful children. We send our love to all of you. We are sorry we are not able to be there with you at this difficult time.

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