330 Smith Street
New Waterford, NS
Obituary of Rita Lauzon, New Waterford
It is with heavy hearts but with gratitude for a long life well-lived, that we announce the passing of our dear aunt, Rita Elizabeth (Desveaux) Lauzon on March 10, 2022. Rita passed away peacefully at home in the arms of Mary, whom she cherished dearly. Rita was born in Cheticamp, Nova Scotia on December 19, 1921 and had recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Marie-Helene Desveaux and was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Rita was predeceased by her husband, Ron (2007); by sisters, Lena, Mary, Zabina, Mary Ellen, and a sister in infancy; and by brothers, Fred and Simon.
She is survived by her chosen daughter, Mary; special sister, Jean Chiasson (Hamilton, Ontario), numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and the United States.
Aunt Rita was very devoted to all her nieces and nephews. She and Uncle Ronnie were instrumental in contributing to our well-being and upbringing, and we have many wonderful memories of all they did for us throughout our lives. Rita and Ron spent more than 40 years of their married life in Toronto. As a younger woman, Rita worked in the war plant, and then for Canada Packers and Domtar. During these early years, Rita and Ron made strong connections and built many friendships, personally and professionally. Their home was always open to greet and entertain family, friends, and acquaintances. In 1980, after their retirement, Rita and Ron returned to Cape Breton and built a home in Big Harbour. Once again they became part of a strong, caring community. For over 30 years their home became a focal point for family, friends, and neighbours, including their hosting of an annual Christmas gathering that was enjoyed by all.
The Desveaux and Milley families would like to offer our thanks and deep gratitude to Mary MacMillan who was totally dedicated to Aunt Rita’s every need and wish throughout the years, but especially in these most recent years. Aunt Rita and Mary were like mother and daughter in every sense, and we will be forever grateful to Mary for all she has done and given. In addition, we want to thank Mary’s sisters, Grace White and Peggy Sampson, and Grace’s daughter and son-in-law, Shauna and Darren Akerman. The commitment they made in helping Mary care for Aunt Rita went above and beyond the call of duty. They were there every step of the way and their love and caring will never be forgotten. Aunt Rita greatly appreciated everything you did for her and truly felt loved by all of you. We would also like to thank Dr. Azer and Tom MacKenzie, New Waterford Hospital for their care and attention to Rita over the years.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place under the care and guidance of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, New Waterford. A Funeral Mass of Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Church of St. Leonard and will be presided over by Rita’s nephew, Father George Evans. Burial will follow in Mount carmel Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Rita may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society or to a charity of one's choice. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.vjmcgillivray.ca.
“Rest in peace Aunt Rita. We will miss you”