Marie Jane Rita Huard

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Marie Jane Rita Huard, 100
WATERVILLE - Marie Jane Rita Huard, of Waterville, died peacefully at the age of 100, Nov. 25, 2017, surrounded by her family.
Known to all as Rita, she was born June 2, 1917, the daughter of Fred and Emma (Mercier) Landry, and lived her entire life in Waterville. She graduated from Waterville High School in 1934, the salutatorian of her class. Rita was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for three years, but due to the war and prevailing company rules, was forced to retire as a result of her marriage to Roland "Zip" Huard in 1938. After raising four children, she was re-employed by Met Life 16 years later and retired in 1982 after a career of 30 years.
Her greatest passion was her family, with whom she celebrated her 100th birthday in June. She was happiest knitting afghans and mittens and baking pies, while serving as the family communication center via phone, mail and email.
Rita was predeceased by her father and husband in 1983; her mother in 1984; brothers, Edgar and Robert; and sisters, Theresa Lyons, May Baker, and Viola Sadulsky. Rita is survived by her sons, Richard, and wife Cindy, of Benton; John, and wife Helen, of South Portland; and Ray, of Wheaton, Ill.; her daughter, Jane, and husband Laurence Richards, of Richmond, Ind.; nine grandchildren, Kimberly and husband Harlan Michaud, Kristi and husband Craig Norcross, John Huard Jr. and wife Sarah, Douglas and wife Bethany Richards, Gregory and wife Virginia Richards, Richard and wife Kimberly Huard, Jennifer and husband Walter Fagerlund, Jonathan and wife Jennifer Huard, and Spencer and wife Nicole Huard; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Her ashes will be interred at the family plot in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in a private family burial. A celebration of Rita's life will be held by her family at a later date. Arrangements are by Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, Skowhegan.

In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that donations be made to
Waterville Public Library
73 Elm Street
Waterville, ME 04901


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Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service
445 Waterville Road
Skowhegan, ME 04976
207-474-0000
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 2, 2017
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