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
Mother:Mary (Minnie) Jane Bryant
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
Name: Betty Ruffin
Born: 1 Dec 1926 at: Bethesda Hospital, East Melbourne, Vic.
Died: 15 Feb 1995 at: Melbourne, Victoria
Spouses: Robert Ennor Thomas
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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
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