Rita M. (Gorham) Howland

  • Died: September 17, 2019
  • Location: Dorchester, Massachusetts

James A. Murphy & Son Funeral Home

1020 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02125

Tel. (617) 265-9840

Tribute & Message From The Family

Devoted Mom and lifelong Savin Hill resident

HOWLAND, Rita M. (Gorham). In Dorchester, Savin Hill, died September 17, 2019.

Beloved mother of Rori G. Edwards and her fiancé Dennis Donovan, and Michael J. Howland, both of Dorchester.

Wife of Michael S. Howland of Dorchester.

Daughter of the late Edward T. and Ellen (O'Malley) Gorham.

Loving sister of Mariellen Gorham-McKenney and her husband William B. McKenney of Braintree.

Aunt of William H., Edward S., and Erynn M. McKenney, Patrick J. and Ryan M. Wynne.

Family and friends will honor and remember Rita's life by gathering for visiting hours in the Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Ave., DORCHESTER, on Friday, September 20, from 5-9 P.M.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret Church of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, on Saturday morning, September 21, at 10 A.M.

Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

Rita was a lifelong resident of Savin Hill. Her greatest joy in life was being a Mom to her own children, and any others that crossed her path.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita's memory may be made to Dorchester Baseball, 30 Bateswell Rd., Dorchester, MA 02124 or at https://givebutter.com/RitaHowland.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Michael I just heard and truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I just asked for you down Toohig Park the other day. Love you and sorry for your loss. Beth Gregorio O'Halloran

Posted by Beth O'Halloran - Dorchester, MA - Friend   September 24, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the Howland family.

Posted by Brian Howland - Foxboro, MA   September 22, 2019

September 20, 2019

Dear Michael S., Rori, Micheal J., and all friends and loved ones my condolences goes out to each and everyone of you. Rita was a wonderful soul who would go out of her way to help others. I remember training her at UMass Boston and having the best new year's ever at Rita and Michael's wedding. It is a great loss to know that she is no longer with us. Rest in peace my friend.
Liliana Mickle

Posted by Liliana Mickle - Quincy, MA   September 20, 2019

Rita was always a lovely person from child hood on.always loved meeting her in the neighborhood. Always positive and up beat. So sorry to hear of her passing God Bless her and to all of your. Claudina Quinn

Posted by Claudina Quinn - Dorchester, MA - Neighbor   September 19, 2019

Skip,very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
Mike Ponyta

Posted by Mike Ponyta - Lancaster, MA - Coworker   September 19, 2019

A shining light in Savin Hill has gone dark too soon. The brilliance of Rita's smile and laughter will remain with us forever. Our deepest condolences to Mike, Rori, Michael, Mariellen and Rita's entire family and abundance of friends. We are deeply saddened and will truly miss her.
The Carson Family

Posted by The Carson Family - Savin Hill, MA   September 19, 2019

Love you lots and lots. Rest in peace and blessings. Very respectfully, Jim, Peggy, joe, Jamie, and Sarah
The j., M., and S. Batch

Posted by Madeline Smith - Dorchester, MA   September 19, 2019

Rest in peace beautiful lady. You were always so sweet and gracious. My heart goes out to your beautiful family.
Peace, Sharon Coyne

Posted by Sharon Coyne - Dorchester, MA - Acquaintance   September 18, 2019

She was simply the best truly devastated for you all
A ray of sunshine every time I saw her
Sending love and prayers your way ❤

Posted by Bernadette Diamond - Quincy, MA - Family Friend   September 18, 2019

Our sincerest sympathies on Rita's passing. Love and prayers for the Gorham and Howland families. Hope happy memories are with you all. Prayers for you all. Mary Moran & Michael Joyce

Posted by Mary Moran - Wilmington, MA - Friend   September 18, 2019

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