Rita Mary Ellis
Ellis, Rita Mary of Spring Park, MN (formerly of Glencoe, MN) died May 31, 2019. She was born May 30, 1921 in Huron, South Dakota to Bill and Gen (McHugh) Welty. For those of you doing the math, Rita lived 98 years and 1 day. She lived life to the fullest enjoying each day. Rita had two children, Mike (Lori) and Linda (Erich) Studer-Ellis and one granddaughter, Genevieve Studer-Ellis.
Rita grew up on a farm which nurtured her love of animals and gardening. She rode horses bareback in her youth and always preferred a cat or dog, or two, at her side. She grew cucumbers, sweet corn, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, radishes, rhubarb, kohlrabi, peas and many other fruits and vegetables. Rita grew more food than the family could eat and shared the bounty with friends and neighbors.
Even casual acquaintances knew Rita never heard music she couldn’t dance to. She danced her entire life and was even kicking her legs high like a Radio City Music Hall Rockette in her early 90s. Her favorite dance style was ballroom, which brought many hours of enjoyment.
Rita had an adventuresome spirit and was always raring to go, whether by car, train, ship, or air. She traveled to many states, the Caribbean numerous European countries with Mike, Linda and other family members. Rita traveled at 95 to Washington state her see her granddaughter, Genevieve, graduate from college.
Rita was a very proud employee of 3M in Hutchinson, MN, where she worked as a secretary for almost 25 years. Rita was both a mother and provider for her children ensuring food on the table and a roof over head. She always saved money to take her children to the Minnesota State Fair enjoying the animals, food and shows. Ever the protector, she often reminded her adult children to wear their hats in the winter, helmets while on motorcycles and to call her when they reached their destinations. Rita loved her nieces and nephews and their families like they were her own children. She enjoyed hearing what each person was doing, and often interjected humor into the conversation.
Rita was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Bill and Gen (McHugh) Welty, sister and brother-in-law, Eloise and Fritz Kubitza, nieces Maria Kubitza and Jeannie Nordstrom, and cousins Vivian Toelle and Melva Carlson who were like sisters.
Rita is survived by her children Mike (Lori) and Linda (Erich) Studer-Ellis and granddaughter, Genevieve Studer-Ellis. She is also survived by nephew-in-law, Bill Nordstrom, great nieces, Heather and Emily and great nieces Heather and Emily (Nathan) Nordstrom and great-great nephew and niece, Colin and Hannah, nephew Jerry (Jayne) Kubitza and their children and grandson, Craig, Kelly, Kyle and Dominic, and niece Mary Welty and her children, William and Patrick. Additional survivors include Rita’s beloved cousins Lois (Ted) Peterman and Marie (Bill) Shaw, and many other extended family members.
Rita also leaves behind loving canine companion, Olive and Olive’s dad, Bobby.
Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mound, MN, on Tuesday, June 11; visitation at the church from 10 to 11 am followed by funeral mass at 11 am. Lunch to follow mass. Family internment ceremony at the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery.