Rita Mirembe Revell is the adoptive daughter of American political activist Maureen Reagan. Maureen was the daughter of the 40th president of the United States of America; moreover, Rita’s father is David C. Revell, the Chief Executive Officer of Revell Communications. Her date of birth is unknown, but she is of Ugandan origin.
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Her Adoption Story
Maureen and David first met Rita Mirembe in Kampala, Uganda, when they visited to support orphanages; at the time, Rita was three years old. After having an episode with Rita, she clung to David and would not stop crying, so they decided to adopt her. However, the adoption process was not easy since it had long paperwork.
The Ugandan laws were very restrictive, and David and Maureen could only become legal guardians of Rita in 1994. It took more than five years to finalize the whole adoption; by the time of Rita’s mother’s death, the paper works had not been completed. Maureen and David were supposed to visit Uganda, but they could not because of Maureen’s cancer.
Nevertheless, Rita Mirembe Revell is now an American citizen and legal daughter of Maureen Reagan, thanks to a private bill.
When Rita’s mother’s parents divorced in 1960, Maureen drifted away and was in a romantic relationship with an older married man. Her father used the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to determine who she was seeing. The FBI agreed to do the investigation, but they said they should not be mentioned as a source.
In her other romantic relationships, Rita’s mother was married three times, first to police officer John Filippone in 1961, and they divorced after just a year together. She then married marine corps officer and lawyer David G. Sills in 1964, divorcing three years later. Rita’s mother was married to David Revell until she died.
Regarding politics, Rita’s mother differed from her father on most issues, but she always showed support when her father wanted her to do so. She sat on the Republican National Committee as the co-chair. When Rita’s grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Maureen was at the forefront of creating awareness of the condition and raising funds; she was the spokeswoman of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Her Mother’s Death
Rita’s mother had been diagnosed with malignant melanoma five years before her death. Maureen started chemotherapy, and her daughters thought they had managed the condition, but then her cancer spread to lymph nodes, pubic bone, and finally to the brain.
Rita’s mother died on August 8, 2001, at her home in Granite Bay, California, aged 60. Rita was adversely affected by her adoptive mother’s death. At her memorial service, Rita’s mother was remembered for her works, especially the Alheizemers foundation, where she was an important member.
Maureen was buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Sacramento, California
Upon her mother’s death, Rita drifted away and preferred to live a private life; for that reason, she is not active on social media platforms. However, she had a Facebook account, but it was inactive since she did post anything on her timeline.