Rita Christine Soine, age 80, passed away unexpectedly in her home on February 23, 2022.
Rita was born February 20, 1942, to Christian and Olga Williamson in Grafton, ND the youngest of four children. She graduated from Grafton High School and NDSU with a degree in Home Economics/FACS. Rita married Terry Soine on January 5, 1966. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Hearing Impairment from Montana State University. Rita worked as an educator in Alaska, Hope, ND, and Bagley, MN. She spent the majority of her teaching career in Thief River Falls, MN where she retired in 1999. Following her retirement from education, Terry and Rita started T&R Tree Nursery in Thief River Falls. They worked in the tree business for seven years until finding their dream space on Lake 610, near Cormorant Village.
Rita’s positive attitude and perpetual optimism lit up the room. She was the glue that held the gang together and a blessing to all who knew her. Rita gave big hugs and genuinely loved everyone she met. Rita’s husband, three children, and five grandchildren were her whole world, along with numerous special friends. Rita had a gift for entertaining and loved to host family and friend gatherings. She loved nature and anything outdoors, especially the lake and winters spent in Arizona and Mexico! She had never-ending energy and enjoyed anything active: gardening, cooking, hiking, running, kayaking, and Pilates were among her favorites. Rita also stayed active in her church community at Cormorant Lutheran.
Rita is survived by her husband of 55 years, Terry Soine, Pelican Rapids, MN, three children; Jessica (Matt) Filoon, Ashland, OR; Wade Soine, Lonsdale, MN; and Lucas (Terri) Soine, Mayville, ND, five grandchildren; Kennedi, Jenna, and Lauren Soine and Teagan and Rhys Filoon as well as many nieces and nephews.
Rita is preceded in death by her parents Christian and Olga Williamson and her brother Obed Williamson.
“You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide, although we cannot see you, you’re always by our side.”
A memorial service will occur June 17 at Cormorant Lutheran at 11:00 AM. A Celebration of Life will take place June 18 starting at 2 PM at their home.