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The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Rita Austin Par­rish Peter­son of Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, died De­cem­ber 23, 2018, at Spring Ar­bor of Rich­mond As­sisted Liv­ing. Rita was born April 20, 1937 in Char­lotte, North Carolina; she was the daugh­ter of the late Cur­tis Stephen Par­rish and Frances Ladell Austin Par­rish. She worked and re­tired as a dis­patcher and correction­s of­fi­cer for the Camp­bell County Sher­iffs Depart­ment. In retirement Rita trained and showed her beloved Shet­land Sheep­dogs in Agility. She trav­elled the East Coast for years to com­pe­ti­tions and shows with her dogs and won many awards. She is sur­vived by two lov­ing sons, Wal­ter A. Peter­son and Eric W. Peter­son, and two grand­sons Zachary A. Peter­son and An­drew M. Peter­son. Rita at­tend­edMy­ers Park High and the Women Col­lege at the Univer­sity of North Carolina. Rita had many ad­ven­tures, in­ter­ests and tal­ents in her life­time. She painted, wrote po­etry and loved play­ing mu­sic. She loved na­ture and an­i­mals, owned and rode horses, camped and sailed, but her true loves were her beloved Shet­land Sheep­dogs and her grand­sons. Most of her ad­ven­tures were with her friends and the BBB’s along with her life­long best friend, Sal­lyWall Lee. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends 5: 00 p. m. to 6: 30 p. m., Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10 at Bliley’s- Cen­tral, 3801 Au­gusta Av­enue, Rich­mond. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will fol­low the visi­ta­tion at Jef­fer­son Lake­side Coun­try Club, 1700 Lake­side Ave. with snacks and re­fresh­ments. A grave­side cer­e­mony will be held 2: 00 p. m., Satur­day, Jan­uary 12 at the Elm­wood Ceme­tery, 700 West 6th Street, Char­lotte North Carolina. The fam­ily would like to thank the care­givers of Rich­mond Hos­pice Care, Spring Ar­bor of Rich­mond. A spe­cial thank you to her lov­ing aid for the past three years, Catherine Mann. The fam­ily would like to ex­press our love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Rhonda Abell for her kind sup­port and help with Rita these past years. To send con­do­lences and mem­o­ries on­line please visit www. blileys. com. Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Rich­mond Hos­pice or your fa­vorite an­i­mal shel­ter.

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