Rita Christina (Fortune) Smith

January 28, 1926 ~ November 20, 2021 (age 95)

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Rita Christina (Fortune) smith of Mt. View Lake, Sunapee, NH died peacefully at Woodlawn Care Center on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the age of 95 years old.

She was born January 28, 1926 (7th of 9 children to Daniel Fortune and Amanda (Larouche). She married the love of her life Leroy Ervin Smith, Jr. (Smitty) (deceased). They had 2 daughters, Nancy Fellows (deceased) and her husband Merlin (deceased), Lynda Richardson and her husband Bruce, 5 grandchildren, Christina Harbour and her husband Lance, Michael Fellows, Melanie Sartwell and her husband Craig, Corina Ouellette and her partner Ken Mello, Darlene Dodge and her husband Jeremy.  7 great-grandchildren, Brandon Odell and his wife Amy, Kayla Brehio, Kristofer Maley, Candice Mason and her husband Roz, Samantha Lacaillade and her husband Nicholas, Brianna Dodge, Alexis Ouellette. 6 great-great grandchildren: Brayden Maley, Weston & Wyatt Brehio, Dawson & Oliver Odell, Nicholas Lacaillade, Jr. & all of her nieces, nephews, extended family and great friends.

Rita loved life and was a very strong woman with incredible faith.

She worked several jobs in her lifetime, her favorite was owning her own restaurant on route 103 for 9 years, “Rita's Restaurant”. This was a family run restaurant, she was the short order cook, and yes, I mean literally. She loved all of her customers and they loved her. 

She loved to fish on Mt. View Lake where she grew up and lived her life. She also enjoyed entertaining, playing piano, singing, crafts, bowling, golfing, bingo, word search puzzles and cards, (especially the monthly Texas Hold 'Em poker games). She was the life of the party everywhere she went, she had quite the stories and jokes to tell. She loved everyone at her church (St. Patrick's). She will forever be in our hearts and when you think of her I know it will make you smile. She will be very missed here on this earth. Rita (Grams) (Meme Lake) till we meet again in heaven…………….

Viewing will be held at Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, Newport, NH on Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.  A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 1:00 pm at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Newport. 

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rita's life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to any of the following wonderful places: Newport Senior Center, Newport, NH, New London Hospital, New London, NH, Lake Sunapee VNA, New London, NH & Woodlawn Care Center, Newport, NH.

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Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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November 27, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home
42 Main Street
Newport, NH 03773

Mass of Christian Burial
November 27, 2021

1:00 PM
St. Patrick's Church
32 Beech Street
Newport, NH 03773

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