Rita Marie Skinner, 60, of Homer City, passed away September 11, 2022 with her family by her side. Rita was born on August 31, 1962 in Indiana, PA. Daughter of parents Ruth Miller (McGinnis) and George Miller. She is survived by her loving daughter Katelyn Skinner, son Kevin Skinner, and husband Stanley Skinner.
Although her family and friends are left with the indescribable void of Rita being gone too soon, they were blessed to have been loved by her. This love, and Rita’s impact will live beyond the day she gained her angel wings, and remain alive, deep within the imprint she left on our hearts.
In their 35 years of marriage, Rita and Stanley shared such an endearing, pure form of true love. In her younger years, Rita enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing and hunting with Stanley. Rita and Stanley always enjoyed watching the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers play. She adored multiple springer-spaniels through her life and found pleasure in cooking and baking, especially during the holiday seasons. Christmas cookies were Rita’s favorite to bake. She used her own mother’s original recipes and was known for creating beautiful trays to share with friends and family.
Rita taught her family that at the heart of a good life is love and family, and that they are true and everlasting. That love is patience, sacrifice, sharing joy, and keeping faith. She taught her family that family is laughing, leaning, being “real”, and being friends. Rita had the most contagious laugh, a laugh that would quickly turn to a cackle and spread happiness to anyone who was lucky enough to hear it. Her sense of humor was one-of-kind. She was known for her witty remarks, masterful pranks, and down-to-earth, calming nature.
It is believed that a mother is the epitome of love, generosity, and sacrifice who endures all hardships to provide solace to their children and family. Being an exceptional mother to her two kids was Rita’s most meaningful role that she lived effortlessly and with grace. She supported and believed in Kevin and Katelyn in all that they pursued. Nothing brought Rita more joy than knowing her children were happy and safe.
Rita was fierce, relentless, and carried a fire and fight inside her that inspired everyone she touched along the way. She battled IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) from 2013-2019 until she was granted the miracle of a successful double-lung transplant in April of 2019. Rita and her family were blessed with nearly 3.5 years of additional love, memories, and time. For that, they are all eternally grateful. Rita was the strongest, most dignified person even through her final days.
To her daughter she leaves her nurturing touch, compassion, and footprints to follow into her own motherhood. To her son she leaves her wit, sense of humor, and incredibly large heart. To her husband Rita leaves her undying love, unfathomable gratitude and their two beautiful children who love him more than words can ever describe.
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