A Friend Gone Too Soon

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Rita K. Brewer, pictured on the right in the "Hallelujah Girls".

A true friend to many left us this morning.  Rita K. Brewer passed away early this morning.

I personally had the pleasure of working with Rita in two plays at the Duncanville Community Theatre.  But beyond that I was able to call her my friend for many, many more years than that.

Below is a notice that Amy Jackson sent out this morning.

Dear Friends,

It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you the passing of our dear friend, Rita K. Brewer, around 2:30 this morning.  To quote her brother Billy, “she is now dancing with the angels,” probably directing them and blocking their every movement.  While my sadness is almost overwhelming, I know that Rita K. would want us to celebrate her fantastic and exuberant love for life.

In true Rita fashion, while knowing she wasn’t feeling well, she reported for her performance in “THE OCTETTE BRIDGE CLUB” at Mesquite Community Theatre last night.  However, shortly after arrival, she became very ill and friends rushed her to the hospital.  They tell me her biggest concern was what would be done about the performance – which was ultimately cancelled.  After all, in Rita’s world, the show must always go on.  And, I’m sure that the show is indeed going on in Heaven right now where she is the brightest shining star.

Rita K. was an amazingly gifted artist, but more importantly, she was a most precious and cherished friend.  As I know more about plans that are yet to be made, I will try to pass those along.  Also, please pass this email on to others who I might have overlooked.  In the mean time, I ask that you keep Rita’s dear family in your prayers.  As you know, she treasured time with family above all else.

Amy Jackson
Executive Director
Duncanville Community Theatre

10 Responses to A Friend Gone Too Soon

  1. Rita was a special person. My life is richer for having known her as a director, as a talented actor but more importantly as a friend. She left us too soon. She will be missed.

    David Kelton
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

  2. I met Rita a little over a year ago as my first director at DCT’s Peril and I simply adored her from day one. The smile, the humor, life was better for having her in it. She was so supportive in my endeavors and I was blessed to have her as part of the Topa family. Not only did I get to witness her amazing talent first hand, but I was blessed to have a friendship that I will treasure always. I’ll miss you sweet lady.

    Kevin Paris
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  3. What an honor to have known such a beautiful lady with such a sweet spirit and passion for life! Kailey and I were blessed to have this lady in our lives. She will forever be in our Topa family and our sweet “Anita Rae Turtledove“!! <3

    Silvia Monzon
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

  4. The greatest gift a person can give is a piece of them. It’s a wonder that Rita K. had any left to give. She gave freely of her talents, her joy and most importantly, her laughter. Theatre in Duncanville and the metroplex will never quite be the same. But we know she’ll grace every performance that any of her actor friends may be in. For the show will go on! Much love Miss Rita K.

    Jerry Ayers
    Friday, August 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm

  5. OMG. Thank you so much for posting this. MyDuncanville has finally provided a place for us to get local news worth reading. I cannot believe Rita is gone. She made us laugh at her and ourselves. I hope she is wearing those mouse ears in Heaven.

    David Goodspeed
    Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

  6. Rita’s gifts far outshone the stages where she shared them. She is deeply missed.

    Ron Thompson
    Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

  7. Just heard about Rita, what a wonderful sweet gal she was and a fine sctress. She was funny and witty at times and other times serious when her role called for it.

    She made us laugh with her witt and her attics onstage. We got the feeling she was really enjoying the give and take with her fellow actors

    She gave us much pleasure at the Duncanville Community Theatre where she shared her talent and her delightful smile with all of us which was quite wonderful.

    We will miss you Rita.

    Jim McDonald

    Jim McDonald
    Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

  8. Rita and I auditioned together, reading for the married couple (the Hollanders) for “Don’t Drink The Water”, w-a-y back in 1988, the first DCT show! And she’s been involved with the theater ever since then. And I mean literally ever since …… over the past 24 years, when other people have dropped away or gone on to other things, Rita was either in a DCT show, directing a DCT show, or working the box office.

    Many will mourn her sadly . Some will celebrate her joyously. I’m flat out IMPRESSED with who she was and what she did.

    Having her no longer around will be odd. Uncomfortable. Weird. But then, I guess we’ll have to, – as Rita would say – “just play it by rear.”

    Mike McGee
    Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

  9. I had the privilege to meet Rita a close to two weeks ago. She had just come from a board meeting, and we had just finished rehearsing “And Then There Were None” at Duncanville Community Theater. We were just talking and unwinding, when Rita stopped by. I found her to be funny, vivacious, and felt I had just made a lifelong friend. I am saddened that my new friend was only destined to be with us for a short time. I did not know her as well as many of you, but in that short time I knew I had met a shining light and wonderful person. Rita, I know you will be watching us from above. Good night, dear lady.

    MIke Bacon
    Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

  10. I had “googled” ritas name and I came across this website. Its so wonderful to read your thoughts and stories about my aunt rita. Thank you all!

    Stephanie
    Friday, September 2, 2011 at 9:34 am