Rita Catherine Shay was born April 19, 1915 on a farm near Maloy, Iowa, to Robert Emmett and Margaret Hart Shay. She graduated from Maloy high school, Ottumwa Heights Junior College and Northwest Missouri State University. Rita was an elementary teacher for the Maloy school district and the Mount Ayr school district for many years.
In 1986, Rita moved to Atlantic, Iowa where she bought a condominium and lived for 11 enjoyable years. While living in Atlantic, Rita belonged to Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, The Altar Society, Right to Life, and the church sewing circle. She also belonged to the Iowa State Education Association and the National Education Association. For the past two years, Rita had lived at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr. She enjoyed living at Clearview with her new friends and friends of many years. She truly enjoyed when her former students stopped for a visit.
Rita died on June 15, 2001 while a resident at Clearview Home.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Mary Warin and a brother-in-law John Warin.
Survivors include her sister Sr. Rosemary Shay, brother Robert T. Shay and wife Norma, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, June 22 after 9:00 a.m. at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with the family present from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2001 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mount Ayr with Reverend Thomas Dooley officiating. Musicians are Nancy Sackett and Mary Pat Reasoner. Casket bearers are Kenton Reasoner, Keith Leonard, Thomas Roets, Robert E. Shay, Jim Sheldon and Dave Lindemoen.
Rita will be laid to rest in St. Mary Cemetery, Maloy.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Snow, St. Joseph Catholic Church or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2016