Rita Fay Hulkower passed away peacefully on December 13, 2020, at the age of 86 following a series of medical challenges and, finally, Covid-19. Rita was born in New York City on July 12, 1934, and lived in Hartsdale, Westchester County, NY, until relocating to Asheville in 2013. Most recently she resided in the Healthcare Center at Givens Estates, in the compassionate care of their staff and medical team.
Rita was the Co-Founder and Director of the Union Child Daycare Center in Greenburgh, NY, for over 30 years. She dedicated her life to early childhood education and to advocating for progressive causes. She was passionate about politics, literature, and classic movies, and most of all about her family. Her growing collection of great-grandchildren were a special joy for her.
Rita's family includes her sister Harriet, her sons Stephen (Tina) of Asheville and Mark, who passed away in 2011, daughter-in-law Nancy, grandchildren Rachel (Michael and daughter Marcy), Ben (Katie and daughters Charlotte and Lucy), Emily (Tony), Annie, Griffin, and Maggie, and nephews David and Peter.
Rita was relentlessly optimistic, good natured, and a strong role model for many young women through the years. She loved to play games and discuss world events with her family. Her humor and intellect shone through to the end.
Contributions can be made in Rita's memory to: Planned Parenthood of Asheville.