Born Oct. 26, 1953 to Fergus and Rita Brown in San Francisco, California, Ritajean Koehl died at home April 3 following a fierce battle against pancreatic cancer.

Rita was an adventurous and avid lover of the outdoors. She moved from San Jose, California, to Gig Harbor in 1977 where she built a home for herself and her first son, Eric. She also built community wherever she went, befriending many with her charm and kindness. 

In 1988, Rita married Eldon Paul Koehl and raised a family on the Key Peninsula. She could always be found outside tending her blueberry bushes or going on walks with neighborhood friends. She was involved in many causes but the 4-H Club, Vaughn Church, WayPoint Church and Quilting for the Homeless were the most prominent. 

She worked various jobs over the years from gas station attendant to school bus driver, as cook in the Peninsula School District, and eventually retired from Costco as a food demonstrator. She was known for always lending a helping hand to those in need. 

Rita is survived by her husband, their two children and a grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Eric and joins them in heaven. 

A memorial service is postponed until gathering in large groups is allowed. Rita was buried in Vaughn Cemetery. GPS coordinates are 47.347170 – 122.785653.

Anyone interested in attending the memorial service are encouraged to email ritasmemorial@nullgmail.com or write to Eldon Koehl, P.O. Box 902, Vaughn, WA 98394.