Rita was born in Watertown, South Dakota in 1927. She attended the University of Minnesota where she earned her Medical Technology degree. Rita moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1958 and worked for Scottsdale Memorial Hospital (Honor Health) for over 39 years, then retired in 1983. Her husband, Irving Fleming, was founder and conductor of the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra. He also worked for Frycol as an Engineer/Manufacturer Representative.
Rita and Irving were blessed with nine children, three daughters (Sam, Genie, Trish) and six sons (Frank, John, Tom, Chuck, Mike, George). Rita learned about the Springs of Scottsdale from church friends and eventually toured the Independent & Assisted Living community. She was impressed with the convenient location (near church, hospital, shopping, etc.) and friendliness of the facility family (employees & residents).
After comparing the pros and cons of other places to live she commented, “The Springs is the place for me!” Some of her favorite social activities include exercise classes, Brain Gym, and Cruise week. Rita loves to stay active by exercising, volunteering, and socializing. She regularly attends Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic church and helps with St. Vincent De Paul’s food bank. Rita’s strong interest in music has her singing with three chorale groups, two at church and the other at Scottsdale Community College. In 1966, Rita recalls having a unique spiritual moment at the Cursillo Retreat Center, one that changed her life with a “born again” experience. She admired the ministry of Father McGuire and found the church’s commitment to the local community highly respectable.
Rita, your pleasant personality, community involvement, and dedicated service to the Springs’ family is highly appreciated. May more blessings fill your paths as you continue to live life to the fullest in your retirement years!
Interviewed by T.S.M.