Rita Dorothy Mitchell Parker was born March 8, 1925 to Selma and Alvin Mitchell of Chestnut Avenue in Newport News. She attended Newport News High School.
Rita succumbed to a short illness at Walter Reed Rehabilitation Center on Monday, October 24th. She is survived by her daughter, Margo Rita Parker and a son, Stephen George Parker and his wife, Judy Parker all of Gloucester. She is also survived by two sisters, Selma Lee Winebarger of York County and Peggy Ann Bassford of Kansas; a brother, John Edward Mitchell of Newport News; a grandson, Ray A. Taylor, IV of Ashburn, Virginia; two great-grandchildren and an array of wonderful nieces and nephews.
ReeRee, as friends and relatives called her, had been an avid golfer at the Kempsville Meadows Golf Course under the tutelage of the late Jimmy Ellis and owner, Johnny Kelly. To her credit is a club championship in 1962, and a first place in the Kempsville Meadows Women’s Golf Tournament, also in 1962. Rita had the honor and pleasure of meeting and picking up a few “tips” from Jack Nicklaus at the Doral in Miami, Florida in 1969.
Rita was a member of the Red Hats in Virginia Beach and shared many memories with her friends at Marian Manor where she resided for eight great years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011, 2:00 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, Virginia.