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Rita B. Duggan

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Rita B. Duggan Obituary
Rita Beatrice (Marquis) Duggan, age 94, a longtime resident of Framingham, died peacefully September 10, 2018. She was born on March 23, 1924 in North Uxbridge to Joseph and Clara (Pinsonnault) Marquis. She was the loving and devoted wife of Peter Joseph Duggan, Jr. who died in 1980. Rita is survived by four daughters, Cheryl Rose, Colleen Duggan Rigby, wife of the late MG Joe Rigby, MaryBeth Duggan Kennedy and husband Norman Kennedy and Maureen Duggan and an adopted son, William Greaves. She is also survived by six grandchildren, James Rose, Joseph Rose and his wife, Jessica, Janeen Gingrich and her husband Seth Stephens, Peter Fournier, Brett Fournier, and Michael Bresnahan; four great grandchildren: Zora, Phoebe, Paiityn, and Skii; her niece, Nancy Piper and her husband, Kenny Piper, and their family, two nephews Richard Marquis and Paul Houlihan; and many dear, dear friends who she considered family. Rita always had a very special way with people, counseling those in need and giving them a hearty laugh with her one-of-a-kind phrases. Her sense of wisdom was great, and she was the kind of person no one ever forgot. She loved all people through their trials without judgment, no matter what the situation. Rita became a childs nurse at the Reformatory for Women after attending the Wellesley Convalescent Home for Children. There she met the love of her life, Peter Joseph Duggan, whom she joined in marriage in 1948. They went on to build their family together in Framingham. Rita was the matriarch and the foundation of the family, the rock who always kept the family united. She championed people to the fullest, often taking them into her home with a great generosity of spirit. Rita was a Corrections Officer at the Reformatory for Women, now known as the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, for 26 years. She retired in 1980. Later in life, Rita also had a companion in Walter Johnson, a wonderful man whom she adored and spent ten fond years with until his passing. Rita loved her Baptist heritage and fondly remembered her times singing in the choir and rejoicing in the Lord. Her children and grandchildren will always remember her singing Irish songs to them with a robust and cheerful alto voice. She lived an incredible life and will be greatly missed. We are assured she leaves us in peace. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 4 | 8 PM at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech Street, (corner of Union Ave.) Framingham, MA 01702. All are welcome to gather on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10AM at the funeral home for her service, celebrating her life sharing stories and memories. Burial will follow in St. Stephens Cemetery in Framingham following service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Metro West Humane Society in her honor: http://metrowesthumane society.org. Rita rescued and cared for many stray animals and had a great love of animals of all kinds. To leave a message of condolence or to sign the online guestbook, visit www.norton funeralhome.com.
Published in MetroWest Daily News on Sept. 13, 2018
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