Myretta Kate McCarthy, age 81, transitioned across the universe the morning of May nineteenth, two thousand and nineteen, at home surrounded by family, friends and neighbors in Elizabeth, Colorado. Myretta, or Rita as she liked to go by, was born May 23rd, 1937 in Moultrie, Georgia, the daughter of Boyd & Katie Mae Richter.
Rita grew up the only child and was doted upon by her father who adored her zeal and humor.
In 1960 Rita married the love of her life David McCarthy and throughout their marriage they were stationed on six different military bases throughout the United States. During this time frame Rita and David raised three children; Lynn, Robin and Joe.
While helping to raise three children Rita worked as a receptionist and thoroughly enjoyed her work and helping to contribute to her family. She was the social butterfly of the office and was always hosting office parties and bringing up morale of all those around her.
Her strength was exemplified when David was stationed in Vietnam for one year and she worked and raised three kids on her own as she dealt with the hardships that come with a deployed husband, in a war zone.
After David’s retirement in 1976 they decided to make his last assignment, Colorado, home. She fell in love with the mountains and the people. Their homes, in Aurora and Elizabeth were always places of congregation for friends, kids and neighbors.
Rita was happiest surrounded by friends and family at parties where everyone was laughing and having a wonderful time. She also enjoyed going to the casino and loved her trips with friends to Blackhawk. She also reveled in the fact that all her grandchildren loved visiting her house and staying up late watching TV, playing Wii Bowling, and drinking milkshakes.
She enjoyed attending religious services where she thrived in the sense of community and her gregarious spirit truly flourished. She was always one to make people laugh. She enjoyed RVing, spending winters in Tucson and she especially liked extended caravan trips with multiple families to Santa Fe, Woodland Park, Arizona or Las Vegas.
Rita is survived by her loving, devoted husband, David and three children: Lynn of Ozark, MO; Robin of Spokane, WA; and Joe of Parker, CO. She is also survived by three granddaughters, two grandsons, one great granddaughter, and a number of other relatives and close friends.
Love ya, Mom
A Celebration of Rita's Life was held at Encompass Church (11150 Hilltop Road, Parker, Colorado 80134) on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. A reception followed services at the church.
Family & friends are encouraged to share stories and photographs of Rita here on her website (click "Tribute Wall" tab to access).
11150 Hilltop Road, Parker CO 80134
7995 E. Prentice Avenue #204, Greenwood Village CO 80111