Rita Ann Deschenes

WATERVILLE – Rita A. Deschenes, 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. She was born in Madison to the late Archile and M. Emma (ThĂ©beau) Mercier. She was married to Leo R. Deschenes for 69 years who predeceased her.

Rita graduated from Madison High School and received her degree as a U.S. Cadet Nurse at the Elizabeth Ann Seton School of Nursing in Waterville, class of 1948.

After graduation she worked as a Registered Nurse and an operating room supervisor at Seton and Thayer Hospitals in Waterville.

Rita is survived by her daughter, Ann and husband David Vashon; grandchildren, Greer Vashon and Evan Vashon and wife Phina; and her great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, Arnold and Richard.

The family would especially like to thank the many caregivers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 25 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville. Due to Covid 19 pandemic, masks are requires and seating is limited at the church. Anyone wishing to attend please contact Gallant Funeral Home at 873-3393. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at http://www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:

Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers

93 Silver St.

Waterville, ME 04901

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