Sadly early on August 10th, 2009 we lost our former Commissioner of Education, Dr. Rita Inos, to her fight with breast cancer.
Today, Saturday, August 15th, a large number of both PSS employees, current and past, and NMC employees were joined by members of the public as we all said our final good-byes to our former leader, Dr. Rita Inos here on Saipan. The service was a very long and very respectful one where many groups, organizations and individuals paid tribute to our fallen leader for all her endeavors.
Having been on Island for eight years now, I can say that I knew and respected Dr. Inos for her compassion, and in her drive and fight for education for all of Saipan's youth. Rita always greeted me with a smile, even when she knew we may have had a difference of opinion. She was always up beat and encouraged everyone to be the best that they could be.
This afternoon her body will be flown to Rota, where another Mass will be given, before her burial on Monday, August 17th, 2009.
Speaking as a member of the PSS family, I can say, we all bid you a fond farwell, because you will live on in our hearts and memories forever!