FAIRFIELD, MAINE-- Today we lost a mother and a friend. Rita M. Coates, 65, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Sebasticook Valley Hospital with her family by her side. She was born February 17, 1948, in Waterville, Maine, the daughter of the late George A. Colford and Romaine E. (Sennet) Colford Bouchard. She attended Waterville High School and continued her life as a homemaker, and raising her children. She loved to crochet, knit, crafts, fishing, and sitting outside watching her flowers grow. Rita is survived by her four children, Shelly Sweet and her fiancé, Gerald E. Willey, of Palmyra, Maine, Edward Coates and his wife, Susan, of Albion, Maine, Benjamin Coates and his wife, Tamara, of Albion, Maine, and Nicholas Coates, of Albion, Maine; two brothers, Robert Colford and Clifford Colford of Waterville, Maine; a sister, M. Layne Peet, of Oakland, Maine; four grandchildren, Brett Coates, Emily Coates, Nicholas Cates, and Brandon Coates; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her lifetime companion, Charles Ramsdale; her step-father, Maurice Bouchard; and her sister, Helen (Colford) Lewis. At the family’s request, there will be no funeral or visitation hours. A graveside service will be at St. Francis Cemetery, Grove St., Waterville, Maine on Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m.