Rita E. McMahon passed away at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Ft. Dodge on Saturday, June 15, 2013 surrounded by her family. A mass of Christian burial will held on Saturday, June 22 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Webster City at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Webster City immediately the funeral service. Visitation will be held Friday, June 21st at Foster Funeral Home in Webster City from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary, celebration of life and scripture service at 7:15 p.m.
Rita Elizabeth McMahon, daughter of William and Mary (Byrne) Krebs, was born March 24, 1926 in Manson, IA. She graduated from Gilmore City, IA in 1943. Rita wed James F. McMahon on November 19, 1949. The family lived in Gilmore City, Ft. Dodge, Lake City and Rockwell City before moving to Webster City in 1973. When the family moved to Webster City, Rita began selling Avon. She made many good friends through her business and enjoyed selling Avon until she retired in May 2013. In addition to selling Avon, Rita volunteered at the Van Diest Medical Center and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic church and school, where she was a prayer partner and sugar cookie provider for many years. Rita especially loved to play bridge and spend time with her family and friends. Her family and grandchildren were a great joy to her. The family is especially grateful during this most difficult time for the loving care and support of Hospice nurse Erin Blankenburg.
Rita is survived by her daughters Marcia (Greg) May of Webster City, Michelle (Doug) Richardson of Norwalk and Carol (Doug) McMahon-Kain of Omaha, NE; sons Tim (Michele) McMahon of Cedar Falls and Tom (Laura) McMahon of Clive; grandchildren Allison and Andrew May, Katie and Molly Richardson, Ryan Kain, Morgan McMahon, Sydney and Gabe McMahon; sister Marlys Walker of Ft. Dodge and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her parents William and Mary Krebs, brother Don Krebs, sister Mary Jo Fitzgerald and her in-laws M.F. and Alice McMahon.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Thomas Aquinas School, Multiple Sclerosis Society Midwest Chapter Walk MS Team Irish Blessings, or Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, Fort Dodge.