Rita Elizabeth Chauhan 1933 — 2020

Rita Elizabeth Chauhan

Our beloved Rita Elizabeth Maria Ambikadevi Chauhan (nee Moodliar) passed into the arms of her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on May 11, 2020.

Rita was born in Mumbai, India where she spent her formative years. After attending school and becoming a teacher, she and her husband, along with their children, immigrated to Kamloops, BC Canada, where she started teaching in 1965. Rita worked at John Tod, A.E. Perry, Summit, and retired from Westmount Elementary School. Rita enjoyed her retirement years as a volunteer in the community. She helped out at Kamloops Christian School, ushered at Sagebrush Theatre and taught Sunday school in her church.

She was passionate about everything she put her hand to and always exceeded what was expected of her in her career, her family and with her friends. She lived a productive and faith-filled life, and is now rejoicing in heaven with her loved ones who have gone before.

Rita is predeceased by her father and mother, Dr. and Mrs. Madhao and Elisabeth Moodliar; her brother, Heinz Wilhem Jamsheed Moodliar; her husband, Inderjeet (Nick) Wickram Chauhan; and son-in-law, Eddie Kendrick.

A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Rita is survived by her 3 children: Indira Rempel, Arjun Chauhan and Sarina Chauhan; 8 grandchildren: Sara (Glen) Farrow, Joshua (Anisha) Rempel, Leah (Brady) Rempel, Reuben Chauhan, John (Stephanie) Chauhan, Kyla (Ben) Steinley, Tane Kendrick and Aiyana Kendrick; and 4 great-grandchildren: Rachel and Daniel Farrow, Ethan Chauhan and Maksimus Rempel.

She also leaves behind numerous friends and family members all over the globe who will miss her tremendously.

Rita’s beautiful smile, encouragement, love, and support will be dearly cherished. We will continue her legacy and live the life she modeled for us. Until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and/or The Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

A celebration of life will be held; the date is yet to be determined.

“The lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26  (Holy Bible, NIV)

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13 Tributes

  1. Chris Olsen
    Posted May 17, 2020 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Rita was a loved the Lord and served Him well.
    She was a good friend and I loved studying God’s Word with her. She was a teacher, but also a learner who often offered insights into Scripture and sometimes asked questions. She was loved and will be missed.

    • Rosemarie Stoltze
      Posted June 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      Rita Chauhan was my friend Indira’s mom. I enjoyed her cooking as a teen-ager. She was also a great Teacher role model. Indira and I both became teachers. I returned to Kamloops after living in the US for 30 years. I reconnected with Rita in the KTRTA (local retired teachers group). She had been an active member for many years, giving back to the community. I also had many visits with Rita over the years. I will miss her.

  2. Roma
    Posted May 17, 2020 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady!
    I will always consider her my parent and she will forever be in my heart.
    I grieve for her with you.
    Love and hugs

  3. Jennifer Peterson
    Posted May 17, 2020 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Rita, a deep lover of Jesus and people. Always took the time to say hello and ask after you and your family. She volunteered at my school and my church. I was always blessed to share a smile with her or a brief conversation. She was loved and will be missed- it is now drinking tea with Jesus.
    My deepest condolences to the family.

  4. Oliver Jones
    Posted May 17, 2020 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    My wife and I met Rita in Kamloops about 40 yrs ago. She was a very warm and caring person and would always come up to us to say hello and ask after us. It was a pleasure to have known her and to know we will meet again.Please accept our condolences, Indira and family.

  5. Ajay & Laura Caleb
    Posted May 18, 2020 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    I was always touched by her positive attitude and willingness for adventure. She loved to entertain, and stood her ground in every circumstance. She is rejoicing now with her Lord. We will miss her. Our hearts are with you during this time.

  6. The Massey’s
    Posted May 18, 2020 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Aunty Rita was not related to us but was a close member of our family. My mother Persis worked with her and lived in the same facility until just recently.
    Rita will be remembered as a kind soul who loved life to the fullest and did her best to raise her children who have now prospered in Canada. Even though she became ill in her senior years she never complained She was always gracious and dignified. We all will miss her kind soul. The Massey’s

  7. The Baxter family
    Posted May 18, 2020 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Your mom and grandmother had smile that would lighten anyone’s day was always good to see her. God bless her our thoughts are with you.luv Auntie Mona and Gerard

  8. Patricia Curtin
    Posted May 20, 2020 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.Rita was a special lady with a warm heart and sparkle in her eye. She was refined and cultured and lived her life with grace and compassion for the Lord.
    She possessed a natural etiquette that is rarely seen today. A precious lady.
    With love ….Patricia

  9. Brierton family
    Posted May 22, 2020 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Aunty Rita will be remembered for her kindness, lovely personality and generous smile, as we reflect on all the years we spent gathering and enjoying each other’s friendship.
    Our condolences to Indira, Arjun, Sarina, and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. May you all be surrounded with peace. With love and prayers…the Brierton Family

  10. Olga Savovich
    Posted May 23, 2020 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    My condolences to Indira, Arjun and Sarina and the family’s many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Chauhan will always be remembered as a kind, considerate and generous lady and teacher. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve for her loss. God Bless you all… from Olga Savovich

  11. Patricia Walsh
    Posted May 24, 2020 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Indera, my heart hurts for you. I remember when we met as new roommates 5 years ago. We talked about your family and mine and how much we had in common. We’ve sure had grief over the years and I’m praying for you through this time. Your mom was a beautiful gift to you and your memories will be cherished for ever. May God give you mercy and encouragement in the future.

  12. funeral2
    Posted May 29, 2020 at 10:34 pm | Permalink


    Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, Rita.

    I hope fond memories of being together help you make it through the hard times.

    All good wishes,
    Miriam Semeniuk

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