Dear Editor:

Wetumpka has lost  one of its beloved artists and friends. Rita Newton, owner of Concreatures on U.S. Highway 231 on the hill has passed away. Her unique handmade concrete designs were many times  made to order and  hand painted to order.

Not only her art, but her  love of all creatures small to large could be seen when you stepped into this outdoor business. She was a member of the Alabama Bigfoot society and made three sizes of this Sasquach.

She talked back and forth to the bluebirds that nested year after year right outside the fence and fed them meal worms. The wild lizards would come when she called them by name and ate meal worms out of her hand.

Turtles she found on the road were saved and brought in and named. Of course the hummingbirds could find numerous feeders and flowers to enjoy. These were just a few of her animal friends.

Rita was known by many, that warm smile always greeted visitors. The sound of truck, motorcycle and car horns could be heard numerously while you were in her shop.

Rita, I am proud to say, was my friend. She is deeply missed and will always be remembered with love. I know many in Wetumpka feel the same, especially her husband, Brian, who owns Earthworks in Wetumpka.

If you feed a bird, plant a flower, adopt a pet, think of Rita, and she always be with you.

Rose Ann Dean