WEST GARDINER – Rita Gilpatrick, of Bog Hill Road, West Gardiner, succumbed to breast cancer, Aug. 11, 2004. She was born in Bristol, Conn., and was raised in New Hampshire. She graduated from West High School in Manchester, N.H., and attended the University of New Hampshire. She married Leslie Baker in 1954, and moved to Maine in 1958. She divorced in 1972, having had five beautiful children. She remarried in 1973, to Waldo “Gil” Gilpatrick, bringing to the union four caring children. Rita was a genuine, good, loving, caring mother and equally good stepmother. Rita made this blended family a happy loving family of nine children, 20 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Rita joined the working world in 1974, enjoying a variety of jobs: Gardiner Red Cross, Accessory Shop, SAD 11 Adult Education, Maine State Retirement System and the Autism Society of Maine. Rita is survived by her husband of 31 years, Waldo Gilpatrick of West Gardiner; her former husband, Les Baker; sons, Christopher Baker and his wife, Mary Ann, of Tennessee, Scott Baker and his wife, Huan, of Oregon; daughters, Lynne Baker of Monmouth, Kimberly Baker-Stetson and her husband, David Stetson, of Pittston, Valerie King of New Hampshire; as well as her stepchildren, Sharon Morrill and her husband, Leigh, of New Castle, Robin Thomas of Yarmouth, Thomas Gilpatrick and his wife, Jeanne, of Bar Harbor, and Lynn Bernier and husband, Bruce, of Pennsylvania. She also leaves behind two sisters, Yvette Duffy of Virginia, and Jeannine Coutu of New Hampshire; and one brother, Gerald Bergeron of New Hampshire; a brother-in-law, Elmer Gilpatrick of New Hampshire; and a very dear sister-in-law, Willadean Dew of Auburn; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren. The family wants to give much thanks to the outstanding neighbors and friends that helped physically and morally to assist Rita in her time of need. A memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at St. Joseph’s Church in Gardiner, with Father Sullivan officiating. Following the service there will be a gathering in the parish hall for refreshments. In Rita’s memory, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Volunteers of Kennebec Valley, Maine General Health, 150 Dresden Ave., Gardiner, ME 04345. Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME 04357. For those unable to attend condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com