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Rita Bromley

Rita Marlene Bromley "Daiq"

Born March 31, 1950, Furth, Germany.

Died January 23, 2019, Carlisle, PA, at 68 years old as a result of long term effects from Alzheimer's Disease.

Rita was the first born of two daughters to Gertrude Distler and the late Gordon Everett Bromley. Her father served 24 years as an enlisted NCO of the United States Army. While stationed outside Nuremberg, Germany, her parents first met. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a sister, two sons, and two granddaughters.

Before settling near Fort Benning, GA, at the end of high school, Rita lived in various locations due to her father's enlistment, including Europe and all across the continental United States.

Hard working and driven, Rita saved enough money to purchase a brand new Ford Mustang as her first car. At a young age, she spent leisure time following and enjoying music. Rita kept her finger on the pulse of her generation by attending many concerts, featuring the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and other notable bands. One of her favorite items was a cherished autographed picture and personal note from Harry Chapin.

Rita was married and moved to Boiling Springs, PA, around 1970. As a supportive mother of two boys, she began to pursue her passion for photography as an occupation. With her 35mm camera and a determination to learn the art of photography, she secured a job with the Carlisle Sentinel in the early 1980s.

After several years working for the newspaper, Rita opened her own photography studio, Photographic Images, based out of her home in Boiling Springs. As a very proud, hometown photography studio owner, she achieved 27 years of growth and popularity. Her studio was closed due to her decline in health. Rita was also a trained darkroom technician. She enjoyed all forms of the art including studio portraits and weddings.

Rita could often be found at central PA karaoke events. While not a singer herself, she enjoyed supporting her friends and listening to them perform.

As an avid fisher, it wasn't uncommon to find Rita floating the Susquehanna for smallmouth bass, walking the banks of local ponds for largemouth bass, or fishing at the lake in Boiling Springs for trout. She also loved surf-fishing on beaches around the Outer Banks, NC.

Rita took immense enjoyment from being a grandmother and spending time with her two granddaughters who she loved dearly.

Rita was always pleasant, upbeat in her pursuits, and a welcoming presence. She was a good friend and a great listener. Rita's happiness and free spirit was contagious and will not be forgotten to those that knew her.

A graveside service will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, PA.

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I have missed you for a long time. So many wonderful memories. Canoeing, Sunday hikes with Shilo and Jess, a few girls’ night out, hawking and just hanging out.❤️ RIP.

Debbie Bobb Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

She was a wonderful photographer at our daughters wedding and a great friend. I am so sorry she suffered from alzimers as did my very special husband. Love Serena Caddell

Serena Caddell Feb 6 2019 12:00 AM

Daiq was a beautiful person in every sense of the word. Always positive, and seeing the best in others, she made everyone around her better off for knowing her. From the hawk trapping blind on the ridge, to the fields and wood lots where the group of us flew our birds, to the falconry meets where we shared wonderful times together, she brought laughter and fun. My sincere condolences to Jason and Rob. Your mom is in a better place, and free of the horrible disease that took her.

Scott Shirey Feb 1 2019 12:00 AM

Daiq had a smile that could defiantly light up the room. She was something else loud funny and her laugh was contagious! She loved our kids! One time when Caitie was two she took her fishing all by herself. They got all geared up and set out to catch a fish! Four hours later they came back from boiling springs lake and wouldn’t you know they caught two big ones!!! Girls day out and made the manly men in the boats in front of them jealous! We had so much fun hawking, Dave taught her to be a falconer. We went hunting trapping lots of “Happy Hours” every Friday at the Garrity’s. I cropped pictures for her at her studio. Wanted to say when she had her grand babies that was so special to her! She was truly loved and will be sorely missed! P.S. Uncle Paul take care of her till we see her again!

Susan and Doug Garrity Jan 31 2019 12:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences go out to everyone in Daiq"s family over her passing.  As a fellow photographer, Daiq and I often exchanged album materials that we needed to complete orders for our client as well as sharing stories about weddings and portraits we photographed.  Even though we were competitors in the same business we never saw it that way.  We were always willing to share tips and advice that would help both of us enhance our business.  I was devastated to hear of her illness many years ago but I was honored to be asked to help complete some of her wedding album obligations when she became too ill to do so.  I am sure that her past clients will always cherish the portraits and wedding albums that she was able to provide for them.  She has left a legacy of photographs that will be passed on through many upcoming generations.  That is all that a photographer can ask.

Ron Bookwalter (Bookwalter Photographics) Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM

My memories of Rita AKA Possum are strong even to this day there was hardly a time she was far from my memory. I remember out trips like they were yesterday Georgia, Maine, the Carolinas, and Kentucky blue grass country. We loved in a way no man could ever forget she was my soul mate and the love of my life. Our lives took separate paths after time but the feelings have never gone. It was a hot Sunday in July and Rita and I could be found in one of our usual haunts a place we called Happy Hour Island. We had taken the Canoe up the Juniata River from Newport to a place we found several years before. Her in the prow chattering about one thing and another me in the back pushing the canoe up river. On these trips we would slip in shaded spots out of the main course of the river and enjoy a few moments out of the direct sun. On this particular day Rita saw a school of huge carp swimming the shallows. Our first reaction was to see if we could catch one, we didn’t they proved to be elusive at best. The next week we returned to the river with a new kind of carp bait Rita had found the recipie for online. The stuff was great we caught several of the biggest carp either of us had ever seen. Things usually went that way when we spent time together. We fished the outer Banks many times in September and October over the years I would go down and set up camp and Rita would load up after her work was done and come down to spend the week. It usually took us two weeks to fish ourselves out. In her warm way she would gleefully catch a bucket full of sea mullet, or blue fish returning every one to the ocean except for the few we chose for supper. We were very happy in those days just spending out time living and holding onto the simple things in life. I can scarcely think of her without tears coming to my eyes I still miss her as I have since the last time I ever saw my Possum. God Bless you Gal I’m sorry you had to suffer for so long I’ll be seeing you in a better place...

David Masland Jr Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Rob and Jason. We are saddened to learn of your Mother’s passing, and May she Rest In Peace. She is free now of the horrible disease. May God Bless your Mother and you boys as well. Jeff, Laurie and Jason Rudolph.

Jeff Rudolph Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM

Jason and RobBoth Larry and me were really saddened by knowing that first your mom had been in a home for years with her condition.......being the other grandma, when I thought about how it was for her not being aware of the girls, it was very sad for me.........your mom in every instance of either being at her home, or at Robs, or when she was in our home for various holidays or picnics, she was always smiling, laughing, etc., never ever did we see her any different than that............we will always remember her.......and want to let the both of you (and Kim) know how very saddened we are.......we have the connection through the girls, and that will always be there............please tell your Aunt Doris that we are thinking about her as well..............Sandy and Larry Foote

Sandy Foote Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM

As an Activities Assistant at the Sarah Todd Memorial Home, I used to come to her room and giver her a hand massage when I had the chance, and would also bring her to the leisure center for Sensory/ Spa activities, as well as to the Society of Friends/ Quaker kids' events. I will miss her a lot, and keep her in my prayers. 🌸

Stephanie Laurent Jan 28 2019 12:00 AM

Stephanie,Please know that your involvement in the last years of Daiq's life are profoundly appreciated.  I can only dream and admire the fortitude you individuals posses.  My appreciation to your care of my dear mother.

Jason Jan 28 2019 12:00 AM

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