November 10, 1954 -
November 25, 2013
Rita Margaret Conway passed away on Nov. 25, 2013 after a long struggle with breast cancer. Rita was born in Milwaukee, Wis. on Nov. 10, 1954. She dedicated her life to understanding the natural healing process and believed that union with nature and non-attachment to any particular outcome is the key to physical and mental health. She became a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) in 1988 and opened a successful practice until her cancer was diagnosed. Her inner strength allowed her to remain vibrant and vital with remarkable grace and fortitude throughout her 19-year illness.
She is survived by her husband, Mark Tomes; her daughter, Leah Grotzinger; her stepson, Chris Tomes; eight siblings, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends all over the country.
A memorial in honor of Rita’s life will be held at her house in Santa Margarita (22540 J St.) on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. The family is asking attendees to refrain from bringing flowers; however, cards, other crafted remembrances and stories and songs to share are welcome. Donations to honor Rita can be made to the Cancer Support Community in Paso Robles, who provided great support and friendship to Rita over the past three years.