Obituary: Rita Grimes

Fri, 12/30/2011 - 2:20pm

Rita (Kelly) Grimes of Perry Street, Unionville, Conn., died peacefully on December 14 after a long illness. She was 89 years old.

Born October 5, 1922, to Mary V. Diskin and Michael J. Kelley, in Cumberland R.I., Rita was raised in Pawtucket, R.I., and vacationed summers with her family on Block Island. It was there she met her husband George Grimes and there they started their family. They moved to Unionville in 1954.

A loving mother, she leaves her children Michael Grimes and his wife Debbie Fay, Jane Kelly Grimes, James Grimes, Rita Marie Grimes, Mary Grimes and her partner Dawn McGowan, and John Grimes; grand children Jennifer Twible, Moustapha Amer, Abdo and Tina Amer, Laela Portal, Jesse and Julian Grimes, Jacqueline, Mackenzie, and Charles Fay; and great grand children Gavin, Grace, Michael and Sarah Amer, John, Ashley Marie and Daniel Portal, and their father John, and loving family in R.I. Rita was dearly loved by friends she made throughout her life.

In addition to raising six children, Rita held many interesting jobs. She retired from the Farmington Police Department in 1986, after working there for 15 years.

Rita was pre-deceased by her seven brothers and sisters, husband George Grimes and son Gregory.

Funeral arrangements were arranged by Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville, Conn. Burial was on Block Island.