Rita Cortez passes away

Aug 1, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck

Tara tweeted:

RIP Rita Cortez… Thank you for paving the way for us Women in Wrestling. #LipstickandDynamite

from legacy.com:

LEE, RitaAge 73 of Hermitage, TN. Died Friday, July 27, 2012. Mrs. Lee was a member of the Catholic faith. She was a professional wrestler in the late 1950’s until the late 1960’s. She moved to Nashville in 1964 with her husband, Buddy Lee. Together they created Buddy Lee Attractions. Mrs. Lee is the daughter of the late Ignacio Chavez and Julia Gomez Gutierrez. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Lee and a brother. She is survived by children, Joey (Ann Marie) Lee, Donna Lee (Scott) LeFevers, Regina Lee (Matt) Jowers and Tony Lee; brother, Ignacio Gutierrez; sister, Margaret DeSoto; grandchildren, Catherine, Joseph, Annastasia, Julianna, Aleksandria and Angelica. Rev. Joseph Patrick Breen will celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection 10 a.m. Thursday, August 2, 2012 at The Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN. Burial will be private. Active Pallbearers will be Joseph Lee, Annastasia Lee, Scott LeFevers, Matt Jowers, David Smith and Bill Hicks. Honorary Pallbearers will be Kevin Neal, David Kiswiney, James O’Hara, Richard Goodloe, Karen Vogel and the entire staff of Buddy Lee Attractions. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to St. Edward School Tuition Assistance Fund, 188 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Tuesday and 2-8 p.m., Wednesday at BOND MEMORIAL CHAPEL, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN, (615) 773-2663. Obit Line (615) 641-2663 www.bondmemorial.com

(thanks to Mike Informer for the link)

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