Contributed By Nel Walker
I first met Rita when she and Werner began coming to Stanmore Baptist Church in the early eighties. My first memory is their coming to a Sunday tea at the Manse.
Rita has been a wonderful friend to me ever since, and to my family; children and grandchildren, who each have their own very special memories. She was like a solid rock to us all.
We had some great times together on holidays in the Isles of Scilly, and then with the Longman’s and the Finney’s in a row of several neighbouring caravans in the Yorkshire Dales. We shared many experiences too in the early days of the New Wine Events in Somerset.
Rita was also instrumental in setting up the Beulah Counselling Service which continued to serve the local community in Edgware until recently. She continued to support that work in various ways and offered herself and her phone as the first point of contact for people seeking counselling from the team of Beulah counsellors. Her grounded vision and commitment was amazing.
We enjoyed a lovely day recently in September when she and Myra came to visit me in Brackley, and then she was present with us at David’s funeral just last month.
She enriched our lives and was an inspiration and role model for loving, practical care for others. She was like a solid rock to me and to the family, and we never imagined her not being there as she seemed never to change, but just continued with the same outgoing energy and care for others.