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Rita Rose Olderness (Wilson)

September 25, 1922 - July 23, 2014


Rita Rose Wilson was born to Margaret and George Wilson on Sept 25, 1922.  Mom passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in the Kimberley Special Care Home at the age of 91 years.  She was born and raised in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan . Attended school at Grassy Creek and took grade 10 & 11 at Scotsguard Saskatchewan . She graduated from boarding school in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.  Rita had one brother Edward Wilson (deceased) and one sister Nora Sept who currently resides in Medicine Hat ; and many nieces and nephews .

Rita married Rolf Olderness in 1949 in Kimberley BC.    Rolf continued to work for Cominco and Rita stayed home and raised their two sons, Don  and Neil. It was a shock to all of them when Rolf passed away in June 1973 after  a lengthy illness.

Rita returned to college and took some accounting courses after Rolf died and then offered her services to many volunteer organizations in Kimberley and Marysville over the years. Rita loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and horseback riding. She was a long time Moose and CWL Member .

It was quite a few years later when Rita met the second love of her life, Loyal Erickson. They lived in Marysville and were well known in the community. They spent many winters together in Mexico and their summers camping at St. Mary’s Lake.  In 2001, Rita was once again left on her own when Loyal passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Rita leaves behind her 2 children Don  (Gwen) of Marysville with stepson Jeff , (Janice) and  Neil , (Terri) of Marysville and daughter Michelle (and Mike) with their son Nathan of Cranbrook.

During her time with Loyal she also became mom to his 4 children and grandma to their children. Wayne Erickson (deceased) , Glady  (Stan) Uhryn with their sons Steven and Mike (Sara) and daughter Laura (Tony deceased ) , Brian Erickson with daughters Tammy (Billy) & daughter Kyla and Tracy & sons Cody & Blake, and Doug Erickson (deceased) .

A Memorial Service will be held at Sacred Hearth Catholic Church in Kimberley on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11:am with Father John Kellogg officiating.  Condolences may be left for the family at






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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Erna Bollinger
Relation: niece/ god daughter

Wishing you nothing but good memories Don, Neil and families including Loyal’s family
We lost a family treasure this week. Aunt Rita was the example of enjoying life. I can still hear her stories and hear her laugh. She had that self-depreciating sense of humour.
Always ready to lend a helping hand, She would do the the most tedious jobs. One time I was making a greek salad for a party and she cut the pits out of all the black olives so no one would have to worry about biting into something hard.
She related to people. She could talk to Rod about things he was interested in.She could talk to the girls when they were very little or when they had become young adults and was even willing to be the test person in one of their jello shooter adventures.
She new how to live and enjoy life. I will remember her as the auntie who never grew old and I will forever be grateful for the example she set for us.
Rest in Peace Auntie Rita

From: Art and heather Krane
Relation: mother of neighbour Neil

We were sorry to have missed knowing about your mother’s funeral service until too late. Please accept our condolences to you and Terri, Michelle and family.

From: Maegaret Schacher
Relation: friend

My deepest sympathy to all the family. Rita was a strong person and a very good friend. May your memories comfort you in the years to come. I HAVE SPECIAL MEMORIES OF TIME SPENT WITH HER AND Loyal in Mexico.
My thoughts are with you, Marg Schacher

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
July 28, 2014
Beginning at 11:00am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
502 Church Avenue
Kimberley, BC Canada

502 Church Avenue
Kimberley, BC Canada

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