Marguerite "Rita" Adeline Bezaire (Lafond)

Thursday, April 9th, 2020
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Marguerite Bezaire
1924 - 2020

Rita (Lafond) Bezaire passed away peacefully in her home in Estevan, Saskatchewan, surrounded by family on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the age of 95.

Rita leaves to mourn her children, Jeannette Eddolls of Prince Albert, SK, Dianne Mantei of High River, AB, Neal (Norma) Bezaire of Estevan, Maureen (John) Gillen of Golden, BC, Lillian Purdy (John Porritt) of Picton, ON, Yvonne (Brent) Harris of Okotoks, AB and Fran Bezaire (Vincenzo Reda) of Calgary, AB.; and her grandchildren: Colleen (Andrew) Potter and Cameron Eddolls, Doug, Rachelle (Blair Lawson), Jason and Shannon Mantei, Michael and Chris Bezaire, Ryan (Natasha) and Steven Gillen, Morgan Purdy and Chad Himmelspach; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband Roger Bezaire (2014); parents Romulus Lafond and Jean (Donnelly) Lafond; her sister-in-law Germain (Lozeau) Lafond; brother Remus Lafond, grandson Quintin Purdy and her sister-in law Lillian (Mazur) Sherba.

Rita was born to Romulus and Jean (Donnelly) Lafond in St. Paul, Alberta. Rita began her teaching career in 1943 and kept in touch with some of her pupils for 60-plus years.

Rita met Roger Bezaire in St. Paul in 1947. They were married on July 12th of 1948. After a brief time in Hearst, Ontario Rita and Roger then returned to the farm at Torquay in 1951 and farmed there until 1996. They moved into Estevan in 1993. When Rita and Roger became empty-nesters, they became snowbirds for 17 years.

Sharp as a tack and a storyteller to the end, she often recalled funny and interesting anecdotes from her 95-plus years.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.

Those wishing to make a donation in Rita's memory may do so directly to a charity of their choice, or she would appreciate an act of kindness to a person in need.

Deb Heidinger with Hall Funeral Services, Estevan assisted Rita’s family.
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    Estevan City Cemetery
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    Estevan, SK
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Diane Borys

Posted at 10:31am
My deepest sympathy to you all on the passing of your dear Mom. Lillian and Maureen, I remember the sleep overs at the farm. Such great memories. My Mom and Dad became good friends with your Mom and Dad. Wishing you peace and consolation.
Diane Borys (Phillips)

Bernadette Holzer

Posted at 02:38am
I am sad to hear of your Mothers death. She was always a good neighbour and a great conversationalist. Pleasant memories of visiting your farm and Family. Wishing you peace and consolation.
Bernadette Holzer

Val Martin

Posted at 12:26am
to Maureen and Lillian, my deepest sympathy on the passing of your Mother. May she rest in peace.
a long lost friend, Val Martin

Joanne and Jerry Zatylny

Posted at 10:09pm
Our deepest sympathy to the Bezaire family on the passing of your Mom. She was a wonderful lady and I will always remember her kindness and devotion to others. Rest In Peace.

Jane MacKeen

Posted at 04:40pm
Dear Bezaire sorry about your Mothers/Grandmothers passing, but what wonderful memories you all have of the great life she lived. We feel so blessed to have reconnected with her and all your family last September. Take care of one another, and Rest in Peace Rita.

Jane and Greg MacKeen


Irene Dyer Posted at 08:03pm

So sorry for your loss. I remember all the good times at the farm and always being welcomed by your Mom. Thank you Maureen and Lillian for bringing your Mom into my life. Your friend Irene Dyer.

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