Rita (Ryan) Murphy

Answer one question or many - using words, photos or other media.

How would Rita most want to be remembered?

Colleen Harris
As a good mother, teacher, and giver.
Colleen Harris
As a loving, caring woman who made a difference in the lives of many people-strangers and those she knew.

What's your favorite picture of Rita?

Colleen Harris
Colleen Harris
A beautiful young woman!

What are your best memories of time together?

Colleen Harris
Laughing so hard, we cried; when she came into my classroom to talk about the Depression with my 8th graders; drinking tea out of the Beleek china tea pot And cups/saucers, like we were royalty; going to the perfume counter and trying on three or four scents... and so many more!

What did Rita love?

Colleen Harris
My Dad, her children... handiwork, reading, walking in a park, plants, Shamp,

Did Rita have a favorite phrase or common mannerism?

Colleen Harris
Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

What will you miss most about Rita?

Colleen Harris
When she hugged me and called me "Cutie."

What made Rita laugh?

Colleen Harris
A lot! She laughed often... she enjoyed Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett and Friends,
funny stories.

If you could send Rita a message now, what would you say?

Colleen Harris
I love you with all my heart. You taught me what love in action looked like. Thank you.

Post a photo from each decade of Rita's life

What did Rita dislike?

What did you learn from Rita?

What do you most want people in the future to know about Rita?