This Book of Memories memorial website is designed to be a permanent tribute paying tribute to the life and memory of Rita Bear. It allows family and friends a place to re-visit, interact with each other, share and enhance this tribute for future generations. We are both pleased and proud to provide the Book of Memories to the families of our community.

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Condolence From: Teresa Young
Condolence: So sorry for the loss in your family as well as in our school family at Westport in Springfield, MO. Ms. Bear just retired this past school year and was looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren. She loved artistic books and drawing books from the book fair. I always saved the local newspapers for her in the library because she would put them to good use with fun projects with the students. Prayers to your family as you surround yourself with warm memories.
Thursday August 30, 2018
Condolence From: Matthew Rosebrough
Condolence: So sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember her as "Mama" Bear to all the band kids at Willard. She was always full of joy! May you cherish the memories you have and find comfort in them. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Wednesday August 29, 2018
Condolence From: Kathy Wiese
Condolence: I was blessed enough to work with Rita for 2 years at Westport. Her love for the children of the school was obvious in all that she did. The world is a little less bright without her light shining.
Wednesday August 29, 2018
Condolence From: Laura Lawson
Condolence: I had the joy of working with Rita for 5 years at Westport. She had such compassion for the students and her peers; I saw her moved to tears many times. Peace to your family, Mrs. Bear. Much love 💕
Monday August 27, 2018
Condolence From: Suzanne DiPasqua Thomas
Condolence: I had the privilege of working with Rita for many years at SPS as a fellow elementary art teacher. Rita was a colleague and friend. I will always remember her for her unique way of presenting inspiring art ideas, her quirky way of thinking, and her love of teaching art. My love goes out to her family.
Monday August 27, 2018
Condolence From: Nancy Hall
Condolence: So surprised when I saw her notice. What a sweet lady. We have the blessed hope of seeing her again someday thanks to our Savior. See you then, Rita
Monday August 27, 2018
Condolence From: Linda McPherson
Condolence: I am so sorry to hear this. Rest in peace my dear cousin.
Monday August 27, 2018
Condolence From: Karen McDonald
Condolence: I worked with Rita when she was a PT Asst for SPS, starting when we were a dept of 3 back in the 1990s. What stands out in my mind was her boundless energy and creativity. I remember that she was always involved in her kids school functions and was their greatest fan. I seem to remember her staying up nights making flags for one of their clubs. She was creative with activities for her students as well.
Sunday August 26, 2018
Condolence From: Tally Shaw
Condolence: Mrs Bear was my son Thomas’s art teacher from wonder years till 5th grade and we truly treasured her ,I am so sorry to hear of her passing just wanted to say she was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many.
Sunday August 26, 2018