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WYMAN, Rita Annie

October 7, 1930 – April 25, 2012

Rita Wyman (nee MacLennan) passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 following a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Rita had a humble beginning being born in a farmhouse at West Cape, Prince Edward Island. Her early education was in a single room school house and she later attended business college in Summerside, PEI. As a young woman, she worked as a legal secretary and as a waitress in Summerside, summer lodges in the Laurentians, and in New York City.

In 1953, Rita, her brother Clayton, and four friends embarked on a road trip bound for Vancouver. They got as far as Calgary where Rita met the love of her life, Herbert (Bert) Wyman, Q.C., then an articling student at Nolan, Chambers (now Bennett Jones). Following a courtship of two years, punctuated by an absence to work once more In New York City, Rita and Bert were married in July, 1955. Rita immediately settled down to focus her energy raising a family. She was a dedicated homemaker keeping an organized and spotless house. She was equally devoted to her family, sometimes advocating for her children with the ferocity of a mother bear. Her high standards instilled in her young family the virtues of honesty, commitment and working to the best of one’s ability.

Rita was proud of her appearance and loved dressing in the latest fashion. She also loved the excitement of travel and enjoyed many vacations traveling across Canada, to destinations in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. In the latter decades of her life, MS progressively impaired the quality of her life. Her fierce will to survive gave her the strength to battle the ravages of the disease until her 82nd year. Rita is predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Adelaide MacLennan and her younger brother, Clayton MacLennan.

She is survived by her loving and care giving husband of 57 years, Bert; her children Richard (Terry Wright), Michael (Tana), and Ann Tyler (Rory); and her grandchildren Aveleigh, Carla, Brynna, Sean, Daniel and Blake. She is also survived by her youngest brother Laurids (Alma). The family would like to thank the staff at the Beverly Centre Lake Midnapore for the care they provided during the final stage of Rita’s life.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Rita’s life at the Living Spirit United Church (629 – 49 Avenue S.W., Calgary) on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the memory of Rita can be made to the MS Society of Canada, Calgary Chapter.

In living memory of Rita Wyman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Leona and Louis Dalton :

    To Bert and Family
    Our sympathy and prayers go out to you.
    We remember Rita as a gracious woman as we met her on many family occasions on PEI.
    To Bert, a beautiful and caring person to your wife and to all who came into your presence.

    Sincere wishes for a peaceful acceptance of Rita’s passing.

    Louis and Leona Dalton, Alma’s sister

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  2. leonard pappas :

    Heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Rita’s family on the very sad loss of a wonderful lady, first cousin and very dear friend. I will fondly remember all the joys we shared, the fun we had (sometimes nefarious) and the adventures upon which we embarked. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  3. Rhonda Smallman :

    Bert and family
    We were so sorry to hear of Rita`s passing. She was a great lady and will be missed. Rita was our first cousin. Our dad was Addie`s only brother, George. We pray the Lord will comfort and uphold all of you at this time.
    The Carruthers Family

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  4. Margaret & Bill Whelan :

    Bert, Bill and I wish to express our sincere sympathy on Rita’s passing. We never got to know Rita very well but could tell she was a very brave soul dealing with her MS. Margaret and Bill

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  5. Jason, Kathryn, Hannah and Natalie MacLennan :

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Calgary relatives. Wish we could be there in person at this time.

    Over the years, we’ve had the chance to see Rita and Bert many times. Rita was a sweet, classy lady, and it has always been a joy seeing her either on The Island or in Calgary.

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  6. Edward McMullan :

    To Bert and family: Our sincere condolences on Rita’s passing. She was an outstanding lady in every way, brave and determined. She will be sorely missed by all.
    Your good friend
    Ed McMullan and Cilla

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  7. May and Claudio Carnali :

    Our sincere condolences to all the family of Mrs Wyman…..on behalf or ourselves and all the staff of Il Gallo Nero Restaurant. She was a great lady and a faithful customer for many years and we greatly appreciated her support. We will miss her……..

    May And Claudio Carnali

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  8. Malcolm & Christina Murray :

    To Uncle Bert and Family – Sincere sympathy to all of you on Rita’s passing. She lived a courageous life with her many health challenges. We were always amazed at the commitment and strength that Bert provided to her over the many years. Blessings to you all.

    Malcolm & Christina

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  9. Larry & Donna Adams :

    Dear Bert and family.
    We are both so sad to hear of the passing of Rita.
    It has been many years since we enjoyed being involved in the Scouting family and it’s enjoyable memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time.
    Larry and Donna. Calgary Region Scouting 1976 – 1996

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  10. Alexander Hartig :

    My sincere condolence to Bert Wyman and his familiy! Alexander Hartig

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  11. Len Holman :

    Hi Bert – We just recently heard from Jane that Rita had passed away. Our sincere sympathies to you and your family. Her determination despite the medical problems was admirable but now she is in a better place. You will miss her dearly but I’m sure that you have plenty of nice memories to help you in the future. We return to Calgary on the 18th and will look forward to seeing you after that. Best wishes for the future. Len and Judy

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  12. Joe and Phil Stratton :

    Dear Bert, we were saddened to hear of Rita’s passing. It was a pleasure to be with her when we were in Calgary. She was always so gracious and warm. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

    Joe and Phil Stratton

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