Alberta Rich

Obituary of Alberta M. Rich

Charleston - On Oct. 20, 2020 Alberta Mitchell Rich, 98, moved from her earthly home, stepping into her long-awaited heavenly home to be with the Savior she loved and served. Her faith has inspired her family, friends, and acquaintances. Alberta was the daughter and tenth child of Ivan and Lucy (Thorne) Mitchell. She was born in Island Falls, ME. She attended school in Milo before moving to Charleston when eleven. After elementary school she attended Higgins Classical Institute. Alberta married Arthur Hall Rich, and they had four children: Sandra Rhoda, (John) E. Millinocket, ME; Janice Rockwell, (Kenneth) Milo, ME; Lawrence Rich, Sr. (Jacquelyn) Walnut Creek, CA; and David Rich, Boca Raton, FL. Grandchildren: Dale Rhoda (Kara); Daniel Rhoda (Jeannette); Douglas Rhoda (Shannen); Lawrence Rich, Jr. (Jerico Padallan); Valerie Alekshun (Steve). Great grandchildren: Nathaniel, Benjamin, Tyler, Julie, Joel, Molly, Annabelle, and Jason Rhoda, Caitlyn, Douglas, and Kenneth Alekshun. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Alberta was predeceased by her parents, nine older siblings, and her beloved husband, Arthur. She and Arthur moved to CT where he built aircraft during WW II. They returned to Charleston in 1946 so he could assist his father, N. Harold Rich, in managing Richland Farms, eventually running the farm himself. Alberta did the extensive bookkeeping there among many other tasks. After Arthur’s death in 1972, Alberta worked for eleven years as a legal secretary for Thatcher Adams in Bangor. Alberta cherished her family and they her. She encouraged each of her children to pursue college degrees and to live up to their potential. Alberta enriched the lives of her five grandchildren and later the great grandchildren, who called her GG. She made wonderful memories hosting large family gatherings as well as visiting in our homes. She loved to travel, especially to visit family and to see new areas. She went to AZ to visit David many winters and got to see the Grand Canyon and other beautiful national parks. Alberta was active in her community. She was a faithful member of Charleston Baptist Church for nearly seventy years, where she served as deaconess, treasurer, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She was active in the American Baptist Women’s mission organization at local, state, and national levels. Alberta was a ballot clerk and never planned to miss town meeting. As a young homemaker she attended local Univ. of Maine Cooperative Extension demonstration classes such as canning and taught bread making. She belonged to The Grange and The Order of the Eastern Star. Alberta worked with Thelma Ditzel to organize the Charleston Historical Society and start the local Book Group. She felt truly blessed to have many close friends of all ages. The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at Pleasant Meadows for the compassionate care she received there, for the past three years. We also thank Mayo Hospital staff for their excellent end-of-life care. A private family committal service is scheduled. We plan to honor mom’s memory with extended family and friends when such gatherings are more safe. Anyone wishing to, may send memorial gifts to Charleston United Baptist Church, 53 Main Road, Charleston, ME 04422 or to Pleasant Meadows Activity Fund, 137 Park St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be expressed at
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