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Rita Anderson

Rita Carolyn (Hewlett) Anderson was born November 6, 1938 in Grand River. She attended country school and graduated the valedictorian of Grand River High School. After graduation, she worked for an insurance company in Des Moines. While living in Des Moines she rode the bus down to Afton where Quentin would pick her up, or he would travel to Des Moines twice a week to see Rita. Rita and Quentin Anderson were united in marriage on October 20, 1957. After their marriage, they called Ellston home.

Rita loved being on the farm gardening, raising flowers and made everything from home grown. Together they farmed, did some custom work, raised cattle, and along with many other ventures. Soul mates, they did everything together and worked very hard their entire lives. Together they ran a grain elevator and had Massey Ferguson dealership until a tragic accident with Quentin's dad, George. They left the area in 1959 and moved to Bethany, Missouri. There they built a bowling alley with a restaurant and a strip of rental spaces. Running a successful business, they were approached by many wanting to purchase the business. Rita was a complete farm girl and was ready to return home so between 1961 and 1962, they made a move and began building a post office in Kellerton.

In 1963 through 1974 Quentin was sought out to run for State Representative and Senator. This was a busy time for Rita as she took care of things at home and attended the legislative women's groups. On April 4, 1964 Quentin and Rita had a son Clinton Wade Anderson. During this time, they also were planning a huge project.

In 1969, together they worked to start the dream of building the land mark of Sun Valley Lake. Rita served as vice president of Sun Valley Lake and kept track of the paperwork, marketing and the continued process of building the lake community. The paperwork started in 1969. On March 23, 1970 daughter Cherri Lea Anderson-Vos was born. With the dam completed in 1972, it took 13 months for the lake to fill in 1973. This would be their life-long and fulfilling dream.

The lake was still on a steady progress with a marina, a large clubhouse where Rita would manage the restaurant. They continued building by adding a golf course and ice cream shop. The community continued to grow as they sold a portion of lake development in 1988. Together they continued to run the golf course and built a convenience store that Rita operated. Eventually they sold the golf course.

Quentin and Rita always kept busy building homes in Texas and Iowa. Rita always loved to garden, raise flowers, pick berries with her friends, plant fruit trees, baking and canning. Her grandkids were the joy of her life. Rita would always help her kids with their businesses and was always there to help with the grandchildren.
Rita passed away on March 23, 2017 in McAllen, Texas.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Doris Hewlett; parents-in-law George and Lena Anderson brothers, Bernard Hewlett and Bob Hewlett. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Quentin Anderson of Ellston; son Clinton (wife Paula) Anderson of Ellston; daughter Cherri (husband Jeff) Vos of Ellston; grandchildren; Quency Vos, Chania Vos and Grant Anderson, brother Don Hewlett; brother-in-law Carnie (Joyce) Anderson many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services: 10:00 a.m. Wed., March 29, 2017
United Methodist Church – Ellston, Iowa
Officiant: Rev. Bruce Giese
Visitation: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Tues., March 28
Family Present: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Tues., March 28
Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery - Lamoni, Iowa
Memorials: United Methodist Church of Ellston
American Legion Auxiliary of Ellston

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Sad to learn of Rita's passing. It was a pleasure knowing her.

Steve & Sandy Moon Apr 1 2017 12:00 AM

Prayers to the Anderson family. So thankful for Rita and Quentins dreams. What a remarkable couple. Thanks to them we are living out our dreams with family and friends at Sun Valley. Prayers to all.

Jeff & Meredith Burnison Apr 1 2017 12:00 AM

Clint sorry to hear about your mom. Deepest sympathies to your family. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Lori Tull Mar 29 2017 12:00 AM

We share your grief. We look forward to seeing Rita alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Mar 29 2017 12:00 AM

To Rita's family, we are so sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Cherish your memories and hold them close to your heart. Family is so important to everyone and the lose of someone so important is always difficult. Don and Sharon

Don and Sharon Irelan Mar 28 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Rita had a generous creative spirit and was a good neighbor to us for over forty years.

Nan & Ted Derscheid Mar 28 2017 12:00 AM

I will always remember Rita as being kind to me, as she was to everyone. She will be missed. Lord, may those whom you have called home, rest in the radiance of heaven's light. Our deepest sympathies to go you, Quentin and your family. Lovingly, Dee and John Euritt

Dee and John Euritt Mar 28 2017 12:00 AM

Quentin and family - we are so very sorry for your loss. Rita was such a joy to work with and I learned so much about the Ellston American Legion Auxilliary in the last couple of years from her. We will make her and Lucile Jackson proud as we build the Auxilliary strong. God bless all of you. Unfortunately we will not be able to make it to visitation or the funeral but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Dale & Sute Derscheid Mar 28 2017 12:00 AM

Richard and I are so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. Reminiscing of when we moved to SunValley, Rita was so busy helping us unload the moving truck! She never stopped. She will be missed. Prayers and blessing to you all.

Deb Apodaca Mar 28 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be missed at Sun Valley Lake!

Rich & Elaine Forret Mar 28 2017 12:00 AM

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