Rita L. Lonergan, formerly of Marietta, died Thursday (Jan. 23, 2014) at Poudre Valley Hospital in her hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado. She died peacefully and without pain after a sudden reoccurrence of cancer. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday.
Rita was born on Jan. 11, 1924, in Marietta, one of six children to Chester and Bessie Green. She graduated from Marietta High School in 1942. She married Charles "Pat" Lonergan on June 2, 1956, and the two moved to Fort Collins in 1958. In 1962, Rita gave birth to her only child, daughter Elizabeth.
Rita spent most of her working life first as a secretary at First United Methodist Church and then at the 4-H Extension office at Colorado State University. She retired there in 1988. In retirement she volunteered at Poudre Valley Hospital and Lopez Elementary School. She enjoyed church activities, playing bridge, lunch with friends and spending time with her family, most notable her two grandchildren.
Husband Pat preceded Rita in death. She is survived by daughter Elizabeth Anderson and her husband Steve, two grandchildren, Rachel and Matt, all of Fort Collins, and sister Velma Lowe of Marietta.
A memorial service will be held on Friday (Jan. 31) at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins. Contributions in memory can be made to the Larimer County Office on Aging, L.C. Volunteers of America and the L.C. Humane Society.