Rita M. Terford, 78, of 3829 Evergreen North, died at 6:35 p.m. Monday (Dec. 24, 2012) in St. Vincent's Home.
Rita was born Dec. 23, 1934, in Quincy, a daughter to the late Frank and Helen Freiburg Wensing. She married John "Jack" Terford on May 5, 1962, and they celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.
She was a 1952 graduate of Notre Dame High School. Rita was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Years ago, she had worked at Gem City Savings and Loan.
She was a member of the Church of St. Peter, where she served as eucharistic minister and participated in the Adoration Chapel from its beginning. She worked on the funeral luncheon committee, was a member of the Little Rock Scripture Study group, and the Legion of Mary. Rita also helped at Sunset Home with bringing the residents Holy Communion. She was a long-time member of the Western Catholic Union.
She truly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, taking walks with her husband, planting flowers and reading.
Rita is survived by her husband, Jack, and her children, Joseph Terford of Quincy, Christine Scherr and her husband, Stephen, of St. Louis and Elizabeth "Beth" McCarthy and her husband, Joseph, of O'Fallon, Mo.; three granddaughters, Kelly, Maryellen and Allison; and a grandson, John.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Norbert, Paul, Francis and Dr. Robert Wensing.
SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Church of St. Peter with Monsignor Leo Enlow and the Rev. Roy Bauer conducting. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home with a rosary service at 3:45 p.m.
MEMORIALS: St. Peter Parish or to the Sacred Heart Southern Mission.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.
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