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Husband: Albert Bryant Ruffin
Born: 12 Dec 1901 at: Clifton Hills, Victoria Married: 6 Feb 1926 at: St Phillip's CofE, Collingwood, Victoria Died: 9 Sep 1969 at: Melbourne, Victoria Father:Albert Ruffin Mother:Mary (Minnie) Jane Bryant Other Spouses:
Wife: Rita May Richards
Born: 29 Nov 1901 at: Portarlington, Victoria Died: 18 Sep 1985 at: Melbourne, Victoria Father:John Daw Richards Mother:Josephine Harriet Le Feuvre Other Spouses:
CHILDREN
Name: Betty Ruffin Born: 1 Dec 1926 at: Bethesda Hospital, East Melbourne, Vic. Married: at: Died: 15 Feb 1995 at: Melbourne, Victoria Spouses: Robert Ennor Thomas

Obituary of Rita May Ruffin   Rita wa sborn on 29/11/1901, at the township of Portarlington, Victoria. Later, with her parents and brothers, she moved to Abbotsford. Rita was educated at St Euphrasia's School at the convent of the Good Shepherd, Abbotsford.   She was a member of the parish church of St Phillip's CofE, and at the age of 16 became a Sunday School teacher, and a member of the church choir. Foy & Gibson's employed Rita as a milliner's apprentice and, when she was fully qualified, was appointed Head Girl in their Millinery workshop. Rita was skilled in knitting, embroidery and crochet, she was also quite proficient in playing the piano. On 6/2/1926 Rita was married to Bert Ruffin. In December 1926 their daughter Betty was born. In 1932 the family went to live in Adelaide, South Australia. Rita's husband Bert was involved in the sports of football, cricket and later Lawn Bowls, and RIta became a member on those committees. After six years the family returned to Victoria and settled in Ballarat, where they attended church at Christ's Church Cathedral and RIta became a member of the CofE Mother's Union.   The family moved yet again, this time to the Melbourne suburb of Brighton where they lived for 22 years, attending the Parish Church of St Andrew's and Rita continued her activities with the Mother's Union. In 1961 Rita and Bert finally settled in the Melbourne suburb of Watsonia.   After her husband died, Rita's health began to deteriorate, and on many occassions she was admitted to Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. In 1980 it became necessary for her to leave her home as she was in constant need of medical care. Rita fractured her hip in 1984, and was hospitalised for five months. The operation was successful, but she was unable to learn how to walk again. She became a resident at Patterson Lakes Nursing Care Home, where she remained until her life had finished.   Rita will always be loved and remembered by her daughter Betty and son-in-law Bob, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and other members of her family. We thank God for allowing us to share in her life.

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