Williamsburg-Rita L. (Meyer) McDonald, passed away at her home south of Parnell, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, her husband Bill at her side she was 69.
Rita was born at Miller Hospital in Williamsburg, September 16, 1950, to parents Harvey and Netha (Noyes) Meyer. Growing up on the farm, she enjoyed the challenge of walking barefoot on the clothesline wires and especially loved playing with kittens dressed in clothes made by her grandmother Anna Meyer. She attended St. Paul Lutheran School and graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1968. She graduated in 1974 from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Rita and William McDonald were married September 10, 1976 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Parnell. Over the years she worked as a waitress, for BJ's Standard Service, and many years at Holden's Foundation Seeds. She managed the Computer Department for the Research Division retiring in 2003. She worked at the Williamsburg Historical Society since its beginning in 2007. Rita was instrumental in the Williamsburg Sesquicentennial and other Williamsburg events. She was a member of the Iowa County Historical Society.
She enjoyed music and sports. The Gus Steffen Quartet, Bill and Rita, Gus Steffen and Sandy Ficken sang for many occasions. When Gus moved out of state, Ed Ficken joined the quartet. She was instrumental in the Parnell Baseball Program and she never missed the annual trips to the Drake Relays for the last 40 years. Rita and Bill especially enjoyed watching their grandchildren in their activities.
Rita is survived by her husband William 'Bill' McDonald, sons, Pat (Amy) and Sam (Michelle), grandchildren Isabella, Kai, Jude, Agnes, Louis and Simon. Sisters, Sandy Ficken (Ed) and Virginia Rickard (Gary), aunts Ilene Meyer and Shirley Noyes, nieces, nephews and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, brother Monte, as well as dear uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
A celebration of life gathering will be Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm at the Stone Creek Golf Club at 812 Long Street, in Williamsburg. We welcome your "Rita" stories! Memories to share from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Written copies appreciated. Feel free to send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com Memorials may be given to Williamsburg Historical Society, Lutheran Interparish School, and the Iowa County Food Bank. You may send memorial contributions in c/o Powell Funeral Home, PO Box 269, Williamsburg, Iowa 52361