Rita Mae Cousins

  • Born: February 12, 1961
  • Died: December 30, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Rita Mae Cousins, 58, of Ankeny, Iowa. Passed away at her home in Ankeny, surrounded by her loving family On December 30, 2019. Rita lived courageously with ovarian cancer for four years. A visitation will be held 12-3 p.m., Saturday, January 4th at Ankeny First United Methodist Church, Christian Life Center (710 NE 36th St., Ankeny). Funeral Service will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, January 5th also at the church.

Rita Mae (McColloch) Cousins was born February 12, 1961 in Forest City, Iowa to Dale and Deanna McColloch. Rita grew up and graduated from Forest City High School. Upon graduation Rita attended Waldorf College also in Forest City, earning her AA Degree. She then attended University of Northern Iowa (UNI), in Cedar Falls graduating with her B.A. Degree in Social Work in May 1983.

Upon graduation from UNI Rita returned to Forest City to work at North Central Human Services. A facility for intellectual disabled children and young adults. Rita moved to Des Moines, to take a position with Child Serve in Johnston as a CNA and continued working with intellectual disable children and young adults. Rita dedicated over 25 years working at these two organizations.

While attending UNI she met Scott Cousins of Clinton, Iowa. Rita and Scott united in marriage in Forest City, July 22, 1989. They were blessed to have a son, Zachary Scott Cousins.

Rita enjoyed being outdoors, working in the yard, running, walking, aerobics, shopping, and concerts. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. Since her cancer diagnosis, spending time with her granddaughter Malibu Mae (Mally Mae) was an especially special joy in her life.

The family wishes to sincerely thank oncologist/surgeon Dr. Steven Elg and his team, Kathy, Christine, Darla, and Nikki; for the care and passion they gave to Rita over the past four years. A thank you to Dr. Hendrickson and her team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A special thank you to Suncrest Hospice for their exceptional care to Rita over the past couple months; especially Nurse Brianna for your professional compassion which was second to none at this difficult time.

Rita is survived in life by her husband, Scott; son, Zach; mother Deanna McColloch of Forest City, Iowa; brother, Arlyn (Darenda) McColloch of Luther, OK; granddaughter, Malibu Mae Cousins; sisters; Becky(Thomas) Osnes of Dunlap, TN, Brenda Sahr of Ankeny; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father Dale McColloch of Forest City, grandparents, aunts, and uncles on both sides of the family.