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Rita M. Miley Erickson
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1930
Death: Dec. 17, 2008

Rita M. Erickson, age 78, of Marion, died Wednesday afternoon, December 17, 2008, at Marion General Hospital.

On January 1, 1930, Rita was born in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of the late George and Mildred (Giles) Miley. She graduated from Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1948.

Following graduation, Rita worked for the General Telephone Company and later at Fairfield Engineering as a secretary. From 1952 to 1953, she served as a stewardess for American Airlines.

After meeting her husband, Robert Erickson, on a blind date they married at Chapel Heights in Marion on July 24, 1953. After twenty seven wonderful years of marriage, he preceded her in death on August 24, 1980. Also, for over thirty years she assisted Robert in any way he needed with his music store, Erickson's Music on East Center Street. Rita worked as an art instructor at the Marion Recreational Department for many years. She also taught private art lessons to hundreds of area children in her studio and at community events.

With a passion for the arts, especially ceramics, Rita returned to school at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, where in 1988 she received a bachelor's degree in fine arts. This passion also took her as far as Africa where she traveled to study African pottery in 1973 and again in 1988. She was a member of the Artisan's Guild for many years.

A woman of deep faith, Rita was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marion where she held many positions including deacon and elder, was involved in adult Sunday school and the Circle of Martha.

An active member of the Marion community, Rita was a member of the Marion Garden Club and P.E.O. She was also a KIWI (an organization of retired American Airline flight attendants).

Being in an adventurous family, Rita and her family enjoyed many skiing and flying vacations to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Colorado and many other destinations. In 1968 she earned her private pilot's license.

In her younger days Rita stayed very active playing tennis, practicing yoga, and enjoying gourmet cooking.

Cherishing the relationship of her family and friends, Rita made sure everyone knew they were of the utmost importance to her. She greatly enjoyed get-togethers with her many friends and Harding High classmates of 1948.

She will be dearly missed by her two sons: Richard (Elisa) Erickson of Denver, Colorado, Daniel (Amy) Erickson of Wooster; a daughter, Dawn (Matt Quinn) Erickson; grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Ava Erickson, Emily and Katy Patterson, Colin and Hannah Quinn.

Created by: Harley Hoover
Record added: Dec 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32435372
Rita M. <i>Miley</i> Erickson
Added by: Harley Hoover
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