Cartwright Funeral Homes


AUSTIN, Rita A. (Powers) of Rockland, formerly of Holbrook, passed away unexpectedly on December 15, 2020, at the age of 76. Born in Brockton, Rita was raised and educated in Holbrook, Class of 1962. She went on to further her education by graduating from Beth Israel Hospital School of Dental Assisting, Class of 1963 and then later earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bridgewater State University. Over the years, Rita worked as a dental assistant, a bus driver and an elementary school teacher for the City of Brockton. Before retirement, she also worked for the ARC of Plymouth. Rita was a woman of faith, she volunteered at St. Joseph Church delivering and administering communion to the sick and elderly. Rita enjoyed doing water aerobics at the Weymouth Club, traveling the world with her best friends and her Dinner Club. She looked forward to her annual family vacations on the Cape, class reunions and catching up with her lifelong friends. She loved to go snorkeling, scuba diving and skiing. Rita cherished the time she spent with her family, from watching her grandchildren’s sporting events and theater plays to weekly Sunday dinners. She was a kind and loving woman who will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Beloved wife of John B. Austin. Loving mother of Brian Austin of Duxbury, Jeffrey Austin and his wife Shelby of Marshfield and Paula Sullivan of Marshfield. Dear daughter of the late John P. and Geraldine A. (Sullivan) Powers. Devoted sister of Ellen Hannigan and her husband Wayne of Marion, Lawrence Powers and his wife Elaine of Halifax and the late Stephen Powers. Cherished grandmother of Abby Austin, Amelia Austin, Eliza Austin, Lilly Austin and Jack Austin. Rita is also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends. In keeping with the Covid-19 guidelines, which include face coverings, social distancing and wait times in line due to temporary limited capacity, relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, December 22nd from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 69 S. Franklin St., Holbrook. A Private Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 23rd in St. Joseph Church, Holbrook. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Holbrook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rita’s name to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077 or to St. Joseph Church, 153 S. Franklin St., Holbrook, MA 02343.

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