Rita Yvonne (Paradis) Croker, 85, of Saco died on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. She was born on October 30, 1931 to George and Jennie (Cote) Paradis in Sanford. She was a graduate of Old Orchard Beach, class of 1949 and went on to attend Northeastern Business College in Portland.
On December 31, 1988, she married Arthur Robert Croker at The Village Inn in Old Orchard Beach.
She was a legal secretary for many years before working for the town of Old Orchard Beach, first as the Town Treasurer and then on to become Town Manager. She went on to the Milestone Foundation as an administrative assistant and was on the board of directors. After moving to Turner she became the Assistant Town Clerk in Turner. She finished her career at various places working part time as a bookkeeper, receptionist and an administrative assistant before retiring in 1993.
Rita was an avid reader and fast as well, she could read a whole book in one day. She loved traveling with Arthur and enjoyed going to restaurants with him. She was a collector of many things, her favorite collections were all things nautical, collector plates, blue glass and her Thomas Kinkade paintings. On September 12, 2015, the Alumni Association of Old Orchard Beach inducted her into their Hall of Fame.
Rita is survived by:
Her husband of 28 years, Arthur R. Croker of Saco
6 children: Robert Belair of Palm City, FL
Reinette Buzzell of Buxton
Rhonda Hogan and her husband Toby of Biddeford
Russell Belair and his wife Jodi of Augusta
Arthur Scott Croker and his wife Peggy of Daytona Beach, FL
Christopher Michael Croker of Mesquite, TX
1 sister: Janet Doherty of Old Orchard Beach
14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren,1 niece and 2 nephews
Visiting Hours will be 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Hope Memorial Chapel 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. A Funeral Service will immediately follow at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date. Charitable contributions in Rita’s name may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com.
Charitable donations may be made to:
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908