Born December 17, 1921 in North Dorchester, Ontario, Rhea passed away peacefully at her home in Exeter on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 with family by her side. Beloved wife of Murray A. Greene for over 70 years. Rhea and Murray co-owned Greene’s Variety on Main Street Exeter from 1955-1975. While in training in Chatham to become a Registered Nurse (graduating in 1946), she had a chance encounter with her future husband. He had come to visit his lifelong friend who was being nursed by Rhea. Murray was then shipped overseas. They met again through the same friend when he returned to Canada. They started dating and eventually married September 18, 1948. Rhea was predeceased by her parents Charles M. and Pearl Isabel (Wilton) Rickard, a baby sister Pearl, brothers Percy, Gordon, and Orville, and sisters Ruth Scarrow, Peggy Kelly, Doris Leslie, and son-in-law Claude LaFond. Rhea is survived by her daughter Bonita (Bonnie) LaFond of Meaford and Exeter and her son David of Ottawa, grandchildren Robert and Valerie Keating of Kingston, Trevor and Josie Keating of Victoria, B.C., Aaron and Alexandra Greene of Oromocto N.B., Katelynn and James Haley of Stittsville, and great-grandmother to Jessica, Tristan, and Alex Keating and Alanna, Knox, and Padraig Haley. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, EXETER on Thursday from 3:30-5:30 and 7-9 PM. The funeral service will be held at the Trivitt Memorial Anglican Church, 264 Main Street, Exeter on Friday, March 1st at 11 AM with Dr. Jim Sutton and Rev. Steve Greene officiating. Interment Dorchester Union Cemetery.
Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.