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Rita M. Nation

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SHELBY - Rita M. Nation, 84, of Shelby, died of natural causes Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Marias Medical Center in Shelby.

Visitation begins 1 p.m. Tuesday at Whitted Funeral Chapel in Shelby, followed by 7 p.m. rosary service. Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. William Catholic Church in Shelby, with a reception to follow in the church parish hall. Graveside service and burial is 1 p.m. in Choteau Cemetery.

Rita was born on Jan. 3, 1928, in Cashton, Wis., to Albert and Eleanora (Frederick) Hemmersbach. On April 14, 1947, she and Leon Nation were married in Moorhead, Minn., and subsequently moved to Browning. They became the owners of the M&N Motel, which is now the Western Motel. In later years, they built the Western Curios shop. Rita and Leon were married for 39 years. Rita lived in Browning for 41 years until 1988, when she retired and moved to Shelby.

Rita is survived by her children, Rollye (Gail) Nation of Shelby, Raymond (Shirley) Nation of Evansville, Ind., Linda (Rick) Williamson of Heart Butte, and Carol Estes of Browning; sisters Marion (Matt) Steidl, JoAnn (Robert) Dechant, and Francis (Lamont) Dechant all of Tomah, Wis., Theresa (William) Abbott of Black River Falls, Wis., Lucille Dickman of Cashton, Magdalen Schaller of Waukon, Iowa, and Rosaila (Mark) Hammes of Sparta, Wis.; brothers Lambert (Mary) Hemmersbach of Tomah, and James (Mary) Hemmersbach of Brooklyn, Wis.; as well as 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Rita was a member of the Catholic church, and enjoyed knitting and playing cards.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 26, 2012
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