In loving memory of Rita Barton who sadly passed away on 5th October 2018
Born on the 10th June 1944 in Erith to Ethel and Arthur Polden, she became the sixth child to the family and was the only girl. She had her loving brothers to look after her. As a young lady, Rita worked for Thomas Howard’s as an apprentice Seamstress, where she worked with Ivy Barton. Ivy’s son Derek would ride past her on his bicycle and wave, while she waited for her bus home. Rita married Derek on 19th October 1963 and became Rita Barton at the age of 19. She had three children, Susan, Michele and Mark who love her dearly. She met many friends within her life, at school, at work, and neighbours, who have remained friends. She led a very active life, after retiring from Lou lou’s Bridal shop she joined many clubs including Erith Vetrans bowls club where Rita and Derek met many wonderful people. She also enjoyed the table tennis club, line dancing, keep fit and aquacise. Rita and Derek had many trips away with their loving friends and family. We will all miss her laughter and smile. Rita has 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. Thankfully we all have wonderful memories of a wonderful, brave and courageous woman.