Rita E. Desper, 91, beloved wife, mother, and friend, passed away peacefully, on July 1, 2024, at her home, with her family by her side.

Rita was known for her warm heart, love of her family, fondness of cats, and her skillful knitting and crocheting. She spent countless hours creating cozy Afghans, baby sets and other items for her family and friends.

In addition to her knitting needles and yarn, Rita’s other passion was caring for her cats. She rescued and adopted numerous furry friends over the years, providing them with love, shelter, and a forever home.

She was born May 30, 1933, in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Edward C. and Minnie W. (Dennett) Harrington. She was a 1951 graduate of Robert W. Traip Academy in Kittery. She was a wonderful stay-at-home mom for her five children that she adored. For a brief period of time, she took her caring and compassionate nature and worked at the Parkside Manor in Kennebunk.

Rita is predeceased by her parents; her husband of 40 years, Henry A. Desper, who died in 1991; and her children, Patti Bisson, and Edward Desper.

Rita is survived by her three loving children, Janice Tuinstra and her husband, Dean, of Kansas, Wayne Desper and his wife, Holly Giles, of Kennebunk and Judy Weber and her husband, Jim, of Kennebunk; daughter-in-laws, Torrey Desper, of Lyman, and Donna Desper, of Shapleigh; son-in-law, Rick Bisson, of Lewiston; five grandchildren; Jesse Desper and wife, Dawn, Brooke Lubrano and husband, Matt, Justin Desper and their partner, Alyssa Brooks, Jessica Desper, Cameron Desper and wife, Erin, and two great-grandchildren, Leo and Brianna Lubrano.

A celebration of life and a private burial will be held at a later date.

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