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Rita Anderson
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Rita J. Anderson, 89, of Ottawa, died on Friday morning, October 6, 2017 at the Ottawa Pavilion.  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, at the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa, with Rev. Kevin Donoho, Pastor of Crossbridge Community Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Ottawa Avenue Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the time of the service, at the funeral home, on Tuesday Rita was born on August 18, 1928 in Ottawa to Ercell and Ethel (Fairbanks) Jenkins. She married Donald G. Anderson on her birthday, August 18, in 1948 in Ottawa. He died on February 8, 1994. Rita was a member of Crossbridge Community Church and volunteered with the Girl Scouts for many years. She was an avid reader and especially loved books written by Mary Higgins Clark. She and Don loved to travel, and entertain for the holidays. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and everyone wanted her holiday punch recipe. She is survived by 3 children, Sheila (Gary) Myers, of Ottawa,  David (Jan) Anderson, of Ottawa, and Mark Anderson, of Granville, 4 grandchildren, James (Heather) Rutherford, of Junction City, KS, Ryan (Kara) Rutherford, of Ottawa, Michelle (Brad) Baine, of Ottawa, and Kristen (Fadi) Anderson-Takouz, of Madison, WI, 8 great grandchildren, and 3 sisters, Thelma Anderson, of Ottawa, Sandra Emerson, of Manteca, CA, and Barbara Berta, of Streator. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald, and a brother Norman Jenkins.  Memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.


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Visitation

Tuesday

10

Oct

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa

800 First Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350

Funeral Service

Tuesday

10

Oct

1:00 PM
Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa

800 First Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350

Graveside Service

Tuesday

10

Oct

2:00 PM
Ottawa Avenue Cemetery

1601 Ottawa Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350

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