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Rita Elaine Lubben

February 16, 1924 — April 4, 2015

Rita Elaine Lubben

Rita Elaine Lubben, of Quincy, IL,  passed away April 4, 2015, at Southfield Wellness Center.  She and her husband moved to Webster City a year ago so they could be closer to their daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Rita was born to Richard and Edna (Strothman) Ahern on February 16, 1924.  She married Melvin C. Lubben, son of Henry and Kate (Rosendale) Lubben on May 10, 1946 in Golden, IL.  They were soon to be married 69 years.  Rita graduated from Quincy High School in 1941.  Her places of employment were Quincy Compressor for five years, work in the home for Gray, Hunter and Stenn, Vasen and Bartelt Insurance Company, March of Dimes, Central Fibre for a year and 32 years for Moorman Manufacturing Co.  She retired from Moorman’s in 1985.


Rita was baptized in Immanuel Baptist Church.  Rita and Mel were members of Luther Memorial Church from the time they were married until her death.  She and Mel volunteered in the church pantry and clothes closet.  Rita was a substitute Sunday School Teacher.  She and Mel delivered meals on wheels for 25 years.  Her hobbies were collecting antiques and especially dolls, which she had many hundreds of.  She enjoyed making people laugh, going to garage sales, auctions and rummage sales.  Rita was an avid reader.


Rita’s parents had ten children, 5 boys and 5 girls.  She is survived by her husband Mel; daughter Linda Barrick; five grandchildren:  Justin (Emily) Barrick of Perth, Australia, Sara (Jon) Bidler of Maple Grove, MN, Emily Barrick of Sacramento CA, Alex & Zach Barrick of Minneapolis, MN; four great grandchildren: Jonny and Danny of Maple Grove, MN, Rhys and Piper of Perth, Australia; sister Pat (George) Wagner of Ballwin, MO; and brother Dan of Los Angeles CA; over 60 nieces and nephews. 


She was preceded in death by her parents; son Mel Jr.; grandparents; sisters: Delores Long, Marian Gorman, and Stella Goodwin; brothers Richard Jr, Harvey, Gene and Wells.


Rita was at peace with the knowledge of her faith.  She donated her body to the Iowa City School of Medicine.
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