Rita M. Rutley

Rita M. Rutley, a former college bookstore manager and homemaker, died June 24 of heart failure at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson.

She was 91.

Born Rita M. Shea in Baltimore, she was a 1938 graduate of Seton High School.

She worked for the Federal Resave Bank in Baltimore and as a department store model before her 1941 marriage to Thomas E. Rutley. When her children were small, she worked part time in the pre-kindergarten program at Epsom Chapel Nursery School.

Mrs. Rutley later was cafeteria manager at the Park School in Brooklandville, and at the time of her 1970 retirement was bookstore manager at Goucher College.

The former Timonium resident, who later moved to Piccadilly Road in West Towson, had been a resident for the past decade at Edenwald.

She had been an active member of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

Mrs. Rutley enjoyed playing bridge and travel.

Mrs. Rutley was an active member of Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to her husband, who was the former superintendent of the Baltimore City water department, Mrs. Rutley is survived by a son, Thomas R. Rutley of Glen Burnie; two daughters, Patricia Hook of Ellicott City and Carolyn Atkins of Louisville, Ky.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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