Rita was born in Philadelphia, Penn. the third of five sisters from parents John and Margaret McCrossin. The family moved to Southern California when she was a teenager. It was there that she met and married her husband.
Rita was a prolific artist in all media, and found her greatest joy in painting. She attended the Cornish School of Art in Seattle for several years, perfecting her skills. Her crowning achievement was gaining recognition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle for one of her paintings, which was displayed there. She also enjoyed displaying her art at the Bainbridge Farmer’s Market where she made many friends and met many interesting people.
It is comforting to recognize that the product of Rita’s artistic talent will continue to prevail. That somewhere, someplace, a little bit of her will still endure.
Rita’s interests were not limited to art. She found enjoyment in many sports. A special highlight in her life, was time spent aboard their sailboat “Oracle”. She and her husband sailed four years in the South Pacific departing Seattle in 1986, during which time Rita became an avid sailor. She actually began to enjoy the challenges presented, by pitting her sailing skills against severe weather.
Many cherished memories were made visiting various islands. The one that she most often recalled was Palmyra Island, a totally deserted island, where many idyllic weeks were spent strolling magnificent beaches and living native style.
Tennis also engaged her interest during her Snow Bird years in Arizona, where she made many friends. Many RV trips to Mexico, Canada and Alaska will also be fondly remembered.
Rita leaves behind her loving husband Fred McGinnis and Daughter Stephanie McGinnis, who both reside on Bainbridge Island. In addition, her extended family in Norway where their eldest Daughter Genevieve Selboe resides with our Grandsons, Pal Jon McGinnis, Per Roar and Thomas Selboe. Great grandsons, Christian McGinnis, Patrick and Emile Selboe and Great Grand Daughters Sienna, Cornelia, and Selma l\/lcGinnis.
We will all sorely miss her presence here on earth but hold forth hope for a wonderful reunion, God willing..
Any remembrances please direct to your favorite charity.
Arrangements are entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.