On November 1st, 2022, Rita Maria Dudley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully in her home after an unexpected and short battle with cancer. Rita passed peacefully with family at her side. Rita was a true light in the world who endeavored to lead a Christ-like life everyday. She loved nature, the arts, and most of all- people. She was a kind and empathetic friend to everyone she met, always interested in the struggles and stories of others more than her own. Whether working in prison ministry, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to her elementary students, or just sending a beautiful hand-made card to someone who needed a boost, Rita gave of herself constantly. True to her nature, for the past decade Rita loyally cared for her husband Doug who suffers from advanced Alzheimer's. In honor of Rita, we have asked that in lieu of flowers those wishing to celebrate her life donate here in support of two non-profit organizations. 100% of donated funds will be used to fund a permanent "Tribute Tree" dedicated in her memory on the beautiful grounds of the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. All additional funds received through this campaign will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.
Please see Rita's obituary and funeral service details at: https://www.bucarofuneralhome.com/obituaries/Rita-Maria-Dudley?obId=26288095#/obituaryInfo