Rita Secor

Rita Elizabeth Secor (Sullivan)

June 25, 1921 - April 5, 2020
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NORTH CHELMSFORD- Rita E. (Sullivan) Secor, 98, of North Chelmsford, passed away at Lowell General Hospital on Sunday, April 5, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond E. Secor with whom she shared 38 years of marriage.

She was born on June 25, 1921 on Pike Street in Tewksbury, the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Katherine C. (Maloney) Sullivan.

Rita was a graduate of Tewksbury High School where she was Valedictorian of the Class of 1939. She was then awarded a full scholarship to attend D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY and received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1944. Rita returned to Tewksbury High and taught English for 13 years. She moved to North Chelmsford in 1957 after her marriage to raise her family and work with Ray in his accounting and tax office. Rita was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist in North Chelmsford.

She is survived by three children, Kathleen M. Secor and Maryrita Ryan, both of North Chelmsford and Barbara A. Renzi and her husband Julio A. Renzi of Florida. Five grandchildren and (spouses); Michael Ryan, Timothy Ryan and his fiancée, Lynn Sniffen, Susannah Renzi, Matthew (Holly) Renzi and Daniel (Anne) Renzi. Rita is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mary E. Crowe of Illinois. She also leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews. Rita is predeceased by her siblings; Daniel B. Sullivan, Thomas F. Sullivan, Anna M. Finnegan, Katherine L. Desmond, Edward J. Sullivan and John V. Sullivan, her son, Raymond E. Secor, Jr. and her son-in-law, Mickey Ryan.

The family would like to extend a note of gratitude to Sunny Acres Nursing Home for the care and affection Rita received. All of the staff were “wonderful” as Rita would tell them often.

Funeral Services and Interment at St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell will be held privately.
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Funeral Services and Interment at St. Patrick Cemetery in Lowell will be private.


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Private Condolence

Terrance Ryan

Posted at 05:45pm
Maryrita, Katie and all the Secor Family,
We were so sad to learn of your Mom's passing. Our sincere sympathy and condolences to you and your family for your loss. We certainly remember Rita as a kind and happy person, always a pleasure being around her. I know her smile and kind spirit will be greatly missed by you and all.
Terry and Terry Lynn Ryan


KATHLEEN SECOR Posted at 12:42pm

Thank you Terry and Terry Lynn...We will miss her a lot. All the best to you and yours. Katy

paula williams

Posted at 01:29pm
It was a pleasure to have been part of Rita's life at Sunny Acres, with deepest sympathy to your family

KATHLEEN SECOR Posted at 12:41pm

Thank you Paula. You and the rest of the staff was so good to her. Katy

Judy Quinn

Posted at 08:24am
To the Secor family,
My deepest sympathies to all. What a wonderful happy woman she was. Always a smile and always willing to have a nice conversation with me. Very special woman.
Judy Quinn

KATHLEEN SECOR Posted at 12:38pm

Thank you Judy. Katy

Patricia Jamros

Posted at 09:49pm
Barbara, Katy and MaryRita,
I am so sorry to hear of Rita’s passing.
She was. A kind and gentle woman and always had a smile.
Cherish the wonderful memories for you truly have an Angel in Heaven.
Pat Jamros

KATHLEEN SECOR Posted at 12:37pm

Thank you very much Pat. I hope all is well, Katy.

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