Rita M. Larkin

February 20, 1920October 1, 2011

Rita M. Larkin, 91, of Manchester died October 1, 2011 at her residence with family members by her side following a period of declining health. She was born in Manchester on February 20, 1920, the daughter of Alfred and Mabel (Young) Richardson and had resided here most of her life.

A dedicated homemaker, she had traveled extensively in support of her late husband, Lawrence B. Larkin, Sr.’s Naval career; residing in Hawaii, San Diego and Massachusetts prior to returning to Manchester. In her younger days she was a talented cake decorator and along with her husband enjoyed the study of local history.

Family members include four sons, Lawrence B. Larkin, Jr. and his wife Judith of Rollinsford, NH, Richard Larkin of Manchester, Steven Larkin and his wife Stephanie of Manchester and David Larkin and his wife Virginia of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Claudia Larkin, Kerri Larkin, Kimberly Larkin and her husband Thomas Garrett, Brittany Larkin and her husband Seth Davenport, Kasey Larkin, Steven Larkin and Cullen Larkin; a sister, Elizabeth Tarlin of Newburyport, MA; three brothers, Jack Richardson of Plymouth, MA, Alfred Richardson of Manchester and David Richardson of Homosassa, FL; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, who died in 1996, she was pre-deceased by three sisters, Phyllis Hoitt, Margie Zekos and Lucille Hoitt and two brothers, Ed Richardson and Robert Richardson.

A celebration of life gathering was held on Thursday, October 13th from 5 to 7 PM in the McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St., corner of Beech St. Urn burial was on Friday, Oct. 14th at 11 AM in St. Joseph Cemetery, 448 Donald St., Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita’s name to the VNA of Southern NH and Manchester, 33 So. Commercial St., Manchester NH 03101.


  • Celebration of Life Gathering Thursday, October 13, 2011
  • Urn Burial Friday, October 14, 2011

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Christine Wenners Blais

October 14, 2011

I have such wonderful memories of Aunt Rita and am so very sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to the family. May happy memories help you through this difficult time.

Kathleen Howard

October 14, 2011

Dear Larkin Cousins, thank you for the lovely pictures of your family through the years. Rita was so beautiful. Of course it was great to see my dad and your mother in a picture together. I remember Hawaiian dolls, bongo drums and Hawaiin lei at your house. I am thinking of you, and my deepest sympathy and prayers to you all.
Kathleen Larkin Howard

David Wenners

October 13, 2011

David, Michael and Christine Wenners send their sincere condolences.


October 11, 2011

You are back with Margie and can now dance again with grampa and your sisters up in heaven. We will always love you.

Veronica Smith

October 10, 2011

Dear Larry and Judy and family,
Our thoughts are with you now and always. You all did a great job caring for mom and that will be given back to you in many ways.

Love and God Bless,

Donald and Ronni Smith

Kim Richardson

October 6, 2011

My sincere condolences to all the family and friends of Aunt Rita.

Her beautiful smile lit up a room (and as a kid made you feel like everything in the world was good). My memories of her and Uncle Larry are fond. The photos you have posted are priceless. Thank you for sharing. She will be missed.

Kathy Sisco

October 6, 2011

I'll always have fond memories of the Richardson reunions with Rita and the many Richardson siblings. My sympathies to you all.

Kathy (Richardson) Sisco

George & Diana Smith

October 5, 2011

Dave, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. It's never easy to loose someone so close. May our gracious God comfort your hearts at this difficult time and may you have abundant peace in knowing that you will see her again some day.

Kerri Larkin

October 5, 2011

Love you Gramn your always in my heart:)
your with Grampy know& those you loved:)

October 5, 2011

So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Carmen and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Take hold of the memories you have made together and keep them close.
Kathy Cannava (Nashua