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Rita Annie David


Rita Annie David

DAVID, Rita Annie (Marr), 94 years of age, died peacefully at home on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Born in Port Felix, she was a daughter of the late Leander and Mae (Avery) Marr and she is the last surviving member of her family. As a young woman, she worked at the Lismore and Canso Fish Plants, the Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax and as a housekeeper to the CND’s in Port Felix. She lived with her family in Halifax for many years and her place was one where you could always stop for a cup of tea or meal if you happened to have an appointment in the city. Rita often had boarders from the country and she welcomed everyone. Upon her return to Port Felix, she became a long-standing member of St. Joseph’s Parish, Port Felix. She was often regarded as "Nan" in the community as she especially loved children and bought many Christmas gifts and gave out many homemade mitts and socks. She loved bingo, word-find, knitting, housekeeping and having her family and friends visit. She was happiest when she had a houseful of people. Rita is survived by her daughters, Doreen, Darlene (Cecil), both of Port Felix; Claudette (Patrick), Elmsdale; son, Fawn (Cathy), Lantz; grandchildren, Norma (Darrel), Angela (Rick), Ashley (Joseph), Brendon (Katelyn); great-grandchildren, Mack and Paige Ballam, Emmett and Wesley David; nieces, nephews and their families; cousin and friend, Agnes (Nita) Cashin. She was predeceased by her husband, William; brothers, Francis and Raymond; sister, Gladys and son-in-law, Howie Cashin. The family would like to thank those who lovingly cared for Rita allowing her to remain at home: Nita, Bernice, Bev, Mary, Connie, Carol, Kerri; Home Care workers, Melanie, Patty and Ashley; her nurses, Janine, Allison, Thelma and Bessie. Special thanks to Dr. Ranjini and Dr. Bell. Social distancing protocols must be followed and masks are mandatory for the visitation and funeral service. Attendees will be asked to provide their name and phone information at the Church. Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Port Felix from where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Jonathan Nnajiofor officiating. Burial to follow in the parish cemetery. There will be no reception following the service. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Parish Building Fund or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements entrusted to G.W.Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Highway 316, Country Harbour, NS. On-line condolences may be made at

 "There is a face we shall always remember, a voice we shall always recall, a    memory to cherish, of one so dear to us all."


Service Date
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Service Time
11 am
Service Location
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church

September 15, 2020
Visitation Time
2-4 7-9 pm
Visitation Location
St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church

Burial Date
September 16, 2020
Burial Time
Following the service
Burial Location
St. Joseph's Parish Cemetery