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Rita Carolyn Bengtson Zalenski
Birth: Jul. 24, 1952, USA
Death: Nov. 23, 2006
Bell County
Texas, USA

Johnnie: To Know her was to Love her !!

Johnnie Richardson:
To me, Rita was as Beautiful as Farrah Fawcett, Movie Actress, who passed away June 25,2009

Rita's unique and beautiful spirit will always remain with all of us who were fortunate to have known her.

To My Mom from Jennifer

If Roses grow in Heaven, Lord,
please pick a bunch for me,
Place them in my Mother's arms
and tell her they're from me.

Tell her, I love her and I miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.

Remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there's an ache within my heart
that will never go away.

Added by Uncle Johnnie


The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral - a dwelling for the immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body.

The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. they cannot share in God's creative miracles to bring new saints to Heaven. Mothers are closer to God, the Creator, than any other creature. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation. What in God's good world is more glorious than this: to be a mother.


"God made a wonderful Mother,
A Mother who never grew old,
He gave her a smile of sunshine,
And molded a heart into gold.
He made her so like an angel,
As anyone ever could be.

God made a wonderful Mother,
Then gave that Mother to me.

Eternal rest give unto her, O, Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon her.

May she rest in peace..."


"My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart.
She planted all the good things,
that gave my life it's start.
She turned me to the sunshine and
encouraged me to dream;
fostering and nurturing, the seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rains came,
she protected me enough-but not too much.
She knew I'd need to stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good Christian example
Always taught me right from wrong;
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.

I am my Mother's garden
I am her legacy.
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me."

The above written for Jennifer,(Her Daughter)

A Tribute to Rita from Johnnie
From all of my memories, Rita was a very Loving, Caring, and Thoughtful person.
Rest in Peace,Rita,You are Loved very much by Jennifer and Myself and Missed by all, Love You, Johnnie.



- by Canon Henry Scott -Holland -Canon of St Paul's Cathedral, "The King of Terrors", a sermon on death delivered in St Paul's Cathedral on Whitsunday 1910, while the body of King Edward VII was lying in state at Westminster: published in Facts of the Faith, 1919.

Death is nothing at all

I have only slipped away into the next room

I am I and you are you

Whatever we were to each other

That we are still

Call me by my old familiar name

Speak to me in the easy way you always used

Put no difference into your tone

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed

At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

Let it be spoken without effort

Without the ghost of a shadow in it

Life means all that it ever meant

It is the same as it ever was

There is absolute unbroken continuity

What is death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind

Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost

One brief moment and all will be as it was before

How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
Family links: 
  Roy Harold Bengtson (1924 - 2001)
  Grace Louise Tollison Bengtson (1925 - 2005)
  David Peter Walker (1945 - 2013)
"Forever In Our Hearts"
Killeen City Cemetery
Bell County
Texas, USA
Plot: A D 103
Maintained by: J.R. Richardson
Originally Created by: Kelley Bean
Record added: Sep 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76210139
Rita Carolyn <i>Bengtson</i> Zalenski
Added by: J.R. Richardson
Rita Carolyn <i>Bengtson</i> Zalenski
Added by: J.R. Richardson
Rita Carolyn <i>Bengtson</i> Zalenski
Added by: J.R. Richardson
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Good Morning Beautiful, I Love You Very Much and Always will. Of course you know that and our memories will always live on. Thanksgiving time has always been a sad time because of you leaving Jennifer and Myself with a Deep Void in our lives that will nev...(Read more)
- J.R. Richardson
 Added: Nov. 23, 2016
Happy Birthday Beautiful, Wish you were still down here to Celebrate Your Birthday !! Miss You Rita !! At least I still have the Memories !! Jennifer just Loves Her and Your Grandchildren, they are Beautiful and Handsome Kids everyone of them and I know Y...(Read more)
- J.R. Richardson
 Added: Jul. 24, 2016
Good Morning Beautiful !! .........Happy Mother's Day, Wish you were here to see you Children and GrandChildren. Beautiful Kids they are.They all miss you Very Much. Mother's Day, down here is not the same without you. Rita,I Love You Very Much,I do now a...(Read more)
- J.R. Richardson
 Added: May. 8, 2016
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