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Rita M. Dempster

January 3, 2015

rita-m-dempsterRita Catherine Morse Dempster, 88, Weaver Rd., Watertown passed away peacefully Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Hospice of Jefferson County at the Ellis Farm.

She was born May 25, 1926, daughter of Mary Crossman and Charles Morse in Watertown. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1944. She married Bruce E. Dempster in August 1948.

Rita was first employed at Agricultural Insurance Co., and then in the office of Atty. Clifton Landon. In 1969 she began her career at Mercy Hospital, retiring in 1990 as the billing supervisor in the business office after 22 years of service to the hospital. In retirement, she volunteered at the Office of the Aging as a MMAP Counselor and at Samaritan Medical Center. She was a member of the Children's Home Auxiliary.

She was presently a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. She had been a long-time member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, one time member of the vestry, and served two terms as President of Episcopal Church Women of St. Paul's. She was also active in the ECW Dinner Program and did crafts for the Annual Christmas Bazaar. Her hobbies included gardening, sewing, knitting, crafts, and bird watching.

Rita is survived by her daughter, Pamela Bowman and husband, David, Morristown; three sons, Robert Bruce Dempster and companion, Synde Lewis, Wilmington, NC, Mark W. Dempster, Watertown, and Scott C. Dempster, Jackson, MS; four grandchildren, Brianna Wilson and husband, Bryan, Travis Bowman and wife, Tiffany, Matthew Bowman, and Brian M. Dempster II; six great grandchildren, Jenna and Kayla Wilson, Alyssa, Alaynah, Cyris, and Ella Bowman; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her son, Brian Morse Dempster, died in 1982 at the age of 26 and her sister, Madeline Benoit, died January 13, 2012.

A private memorial service will be held in St. Paul's Chapel at Trinity Episcopal Church at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations in her name to Children's Home of Jefferson County, 1704 State St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com

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