August 12, 1931 – January 11, 2019
Rita Bracht Mayrant, 87, of Ephrata, Washington died peacefully at her home on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.
Enid Rita Wiseman was born on Aug. 12, 1931 at Ellensburg, Washington to Oscar and Elizabeth (Vogler) Wiseman.
Rita grew up on a farm in Springdale, Washington until her mid-teens when she moved to Oakesdale to work as a nanny. She then attended nursing school at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, graduating as a registered nurse.
While attending a dance in Oakesdale, she met her future husband, Clayton Bracht, and they were married in May 1953. In 1956, they moved to Lewiston, Idaho where Rita worked as an RN. Together, Rita and Clayton had five children: Gary, Randy, Bob, Gayle and an infant son who died shortly after childbirth.
In 1962-63, Rita worked as a registered nurse in Tacoma, Washington, then returned to Lewiston until 1968 when she moved with her children to Ephrata.
In 1969, Rita married Neil Mayrant, a deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and she continued her love of nursing at McKay Hospital in Soap Lake, at Quincy Valley Hospital, and as a school nurse with the Ephrata School District until her retirement in 1995.
Compassionate, independent and forever young at heart, Nurse Rita loved life, loved people and loved to travel. She roamed Western byways from Arizona to Alaska.
She was a parish nurse with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, a longtime EMT instructor, a classroom reading tutor with Ephrata schools and a member and officer of the Grant County Cattle Women, Grant County Historical Society and the Ephrata American Legion Post 28 Auxiliary.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents; a sister Genevieve Storer of Colville, Washington; husbands Clayton Bracht and Neil Mayrant; son Baby Boy Bracht and stepson Jimmy Mayrant.
She is survived by her brother Ted (Sue) Wiseman of Tacoma; sons Gary (Dominique) Bracht and Randy (Joanne) Bracht of Ephrata and Bob (Dana) Bracht of Seattle; daughter Gayle (Tim) Hughes of Snohomish; grandchildren Aaron (Alicia) Bracht, Danielle (Casey) Langley, Jens Bracht, Erik Bracht, Clayton Bracht, Kellie Bracht, Austin Hughes, Max Hughes; great-grandsons Connor and Greyson Langley; numerous nieces and nephews and her special friend and partner Larry McCarty of Soap Lake.
A memorial service is planned on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Community Church of Ephrata, 54 K St. SE.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s name may be made to the Grant County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1141, Ephrata, WA 98823, or to Ephrata American Legion Unit 28 Auxiliary, P.O. Box 904, Ephrata, WA 98823.
Please express your thoughts and memories for the family at www.nicolesfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Nicoles Funeral Home of Ephrata, Washington.