ALAMOSA — Rita Sharon Curtis Freel, 59, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at her home north of Alamosa.
She was born Sept. 5, 1953 in Colorado Springs to Don and Rebecca Sue Curtis. The family moved to the San Luis Valley in 1963 when Rita was about 10 years old. She grew up on their family property just east of Center.
Rita was very active with her horses and was Miss Stampede in 1972. She graduated from Sangre de Cristo High School in 1971.
Doug Freel and Rita were married in 1972 and had two children, Jess (Emily) Freel of Mosca and Tiffany Freel of Alamosa. Their family spent many years farming and ranching together on their property in Mosca. Rita held various jobs around the Valley as well, the most recent being at Central Pump in Center.
A fantastic seamstress, Rita spent hours sewing clothes for horse shows and other events; she was a 4-H leader for several years and traveled near and far to horse shows with her daughter. She enjoyed her animals and spending time with her many relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her intensely.
Her parents and husband preceded her in death.
She is survived by her son and daughter; two grandsons, Kyle and Tanner Freel and two granddaughters, Haylee and Taylor Freel. She is also survived by her two brothers, Dave and Dan Curtis, both of Hooper.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Rio Alto Cemetery near Moffat.