Tribute to the Life of Rita Anderson

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By Gilroy Usher, Sr.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Am humbled by the opportunity to share a few words as we celebrate the life of Miss Rita Matura nee-Anderson, who was like a family member to me.  Sincere condolences to Mr. Clifford Anderson, Sr. her husband of 19 years, her eleven children, her many grandchildren, and all her other relatives and friends.

Miss Rita was born on September 30, 1966 to her proud parents John and Althia Matura. She was called home by the Savior on Sunday March 17, 2019 after a brief illness. We are all thankful that the Lord blessed Miss Rita with 52 years. She had 12 siblings. During her time on Earth, Miss Rita showed us how to care for one’s family; how to work hard for one’s own upkeep, how to service the community, and how to be thankful for life.

A beautiful lady Miss Rita had four beautiful daughters and seven handsome sons. As a loving wife and mother she always made sure she was there for her family. Once she told me that she wouldn’t be able to attend a meeting beyond a certain time, because she had to go home to prepare food for her husband and other family members. As a parent, who always wanted the best for her family Miss Rita always encouraged her family members to treat others with love and respect.

Miss Rita Anderson was a lady, who believed in making an honest living. In that regard, she was a dedicated employee of the Belize City Council for many years. When that employment came to an end, Miss Rita created employment for herself by selling coconut water and other products near the gas stations on Central American Blvd.

I first met Miss Rita about eight years ago in the Port Loyola Division. She was a community activist. As such, Miss Rita was concerned about justice, equal opportunities, and betterment for everyone. With that interest in her community, Miss Rita Anderson became one of our best committee members and campaigners. At the time of her passing Miss Rita was a member of the PUP Port Loyola Executive Committee.

Miss Rita was also a member of the PUP national United Women’s Group (UWG). She was also instrumental in the formation and success of the PUP Port Loyola Women’s Group. Whenever we had any community event we could count on 200% support from Miss Rita. For any of such activity Miss Rita’s favorite words were “Boss, please remember to pick me up by the gas station on Blvd. when you all are ready.”

Miss Rita’s favorite music was souls. Her favorite song was Thank You Mama by Sizzla. Two of the lessons Miss Rita’s family learnt from her are 1) “Learn to be independent” and 2) “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.”

In closing I can say that Miss Rita was thankful to the Lord for everyday of her life. Few persons knew she was ill, because she was not a complaining person. She had faith and trust that the Lord knew what was best for her.

Miss Rita cannot speak with us anymore, but by her life she showed us how to love each and work together to make our dreams come true. One of the best ways all the relatives and friends of Miss Rita can show continued appreciation for her life is by following her example of showing love to one another.

Miss Rits, although you have departed this life, you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace until we meet again.

The funeral service for Miss Rita Anderson was held at Church of Christ on Elston Kerr St. in Belize City on Saturday March 23, 2019. She was laid to rest at the Lord Ridge Cemetery. The family expresses their sincere gratitude to all those, who supported them during their time of loss.