Rita Elaine Adkisson
Rita Elaine Adkisson, age 75, of Grand River, IA, the daughter of William Dean and Marjorie Marie (Boord) Fear, was born on April 11, 1948, at Leon, IA. She died at Westview Acres in Leon, IA on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.
Rita graduated in 1966, from Mount Ayr High School in Mount Ayr, IA. She attended AIB in Des Moines, IA for two years. On November 1, 1969, she was united in marriage to Michael Allen Ad-kisson. They were blessed with two sons, Monte and Douglas.
They started out their married life in Altus, OK while Mike was in the Air Force and stationed there. Upon his discharge they moved to Grand River, IA, where they farmed until 1984. After that they moved to Jefferson, SD, Sheldon, IA and Afton, IA, where Mike worked as a substance abuse counse-lor. They retired back in Grand River in 2012. In addition to being a wife and mother, Rita worked as a certified nurse’s assistant for several different nursing homes and operated her own house cleaning business while in Sheldon. Being with her family was most important to Rita. She loved having meals together, visiting with them, hearing her granddaughters talk about their future plans and seeing the newest great grandbaby. She enjoyed baking and always had an apple or pecan pie ready to serve. She really enjoyed her walks around Grand River, watching the birds and filling their feeders and baths. Even though she didn’t think she had a green thumb, she loved planting and maintaining many flowers and shrubs in her yard. She especially enjoyed the annual trip to Yutzy’s Greenhouse with her sister, Ginny, to shop for the plants. Rita loved to bargain shop at thrift stores and was always on the lookout for another glass hen on a nest bowl. She loved her collection of vintage glass hen on a nest bowls.
Preceding her in death was her father, William Fear; mother and step-father, Marjorie and Myrle Reasoner; father-in-law, Ernest Adkisson; two sisters, Mardean McCutchen and Carol Evans; and brothers-in-law, Rodney Evans, Allen Young and Kermit McCutchan.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Mike Adkisson of Grand River, IA; sons, Monte Ad-kisson and wife, Roxanne, and Doug Adkisson and friend, Joy McCoy, all of Warrensburg, MO; four granddaughters, Ashley Adkisson and fiancé, Jake Robertson, Katelyn Adkisson, both of Warrensburg, Kaylie Keckler and husband, Ryan, of Stillwater, OK and Nicole Adkisson of Warrensburg; two great granddaughters, Aurora and Amelia Keckler, and their sister, Autumn, expected soon; sister, Ginny Young, of Grinnell, IA; step-sisters, Cindy Cavender and husband, Dean, of Nevada, IA and Karen Cope and husband, Gene, of Longmont, CO; step-brother, Bob Reasoner, and wife, Louise, of Chillico-the, MO; mother-in-law, Betty Adkisson, of Leon, IA; sisters-in-law, Patty Adams, and husband, Mike, of Weatherford, OK and Peggy Mothershead and husband, Terry, of Grand River; brother-in-law, Den-nis Adkisson, and wife, Suzanne, of Grand River; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many friends.