Rita Musson

February 12, 1926 ~ June 16, 2022 (age 96)


Rita Rose Musson of Sadorus passed away June 16th, 2022 at the age of 96.  She was the last surviving child of Thomas and Mary Gilligan Ryan of Tolono.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.  She married Maurice Musson in April 1946.  They had 8 children, Charlotte (Larry) Mennenga of Champaign, Wayne (Gloria) Musson of Friso City, Alabama, Marilyn Tartaglia of Tallahassee, Florida, Lorayne (Bob) Venable of Noblesville, Indiana, Sharon (Stanley) Yanchus of Champaign, Gary (Vonnie) Musson of Sadorus, Roger Musson of Sadorus and Mark (Jill) Musson of Tolono. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 1 on the way.  She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Azure Musson, one son-in-law, Mike Tartaglia.

Rita's entire life was devoted to raising a farm family, preparing 3 meals a day and running the household.  After Maury's death in October 1993 she continued supporting the farm operation by preparing meals, going for parts, driving her sons from field to field and babysitting grandchildren and great grandchildren as she continued to live on the farm.

She had a room built on her house that was filled with tables and chairs with real tablecloths so her entire family could be together for holidays, wedding and baby showers and Monicals pizza parties.  She paid for a family vacation for all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Sometimes as many

43 people attended and this tradition continues today. 

Because of declining health she moved to Autumn Fields in Savoy in 2020.  We want to thank the staff at Autumn Fields who provided kind, compassionate and thoughtful care for 2 plus years including the covid pandemic.

Per her wishes private family services will be held at a later date.

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