Rita L. Roy, 82, of Waterville passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta after a brief illness. She was born on May 18, 1928 in Waterville, the daughter of Alphonse and Marguerite Bourgoin Collette. She graduated from Waterville High School in 1946. She married Robert J. Roy on October 29, 1956 in Waterville and together had four children. For many years, she enjoyed attending family activities and sporting events. She had a kind, gentle way, wonderful sense of humor and her contagious laugh could light up an entire room. She enjoyed trips to the Maine coast and spending time with her grandchildren. She was proud to be employed by New England Telephone Company in Waterville for 27 years, where she met many life-long friends, retiring in 1984. After retirement she was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America where she volunteered her time for the audio books for the blind program. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Roger Collette, her husband Robert J. Roy who died in 2005. Rita is survived by her sister Glenna Gervais of Waterville, four children, Colette Hart and her husband Garrett of Waterville, Steven Roy and his wife Brenda of Waterville, Peter Roy and his wife Lisa of Oakland, and David Roy and his wife Kathleen of Waterville. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren Erica, Allison, Kristina, Jessica, Nicholas, Benjamin and Lydia Roy and Chad, Christopher, Jonathan and Taylor Hart, one great granddaughter Brooklyn Hart, brother-in-law Richard "Chubby" Roy and his wife Shirley of Winslow, brother-in- law Roland Nadeau of Vassalboro, many nieces, nephews and friends, including special friends Shirley Bishop Johnson and Doris Gregory. The family would like to thank her caregivers including Dr. Stephanie Calkins, Becky Emery, Dot Bickford, the staff of the Woodlands in Hallowell, Dr. Arun Ranganath, the nursing staff of CCU and 4th floor oncology at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, we will be forever grateful . There will be no public visiting hours. A mass to celebrate her life will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church, Silver Street, Waterville, ME on Wednesday, May 4th at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Waterville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 170 US Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105. Arrangements are with Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.