PRINCETON — Rita Alice Maloney, 66, of Princeton passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
She was born on March 30, 1947, in El Paso, Ill., to Ralph and Camilla (Cleary) Gibbons. She graduated from Pontiac High School in 1965 and graduated from St. Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans, La., with her bachelor's degree in 1969. She received her master's degree in education with a specialty in family counseling at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1972. After graduation, she worked at the St. Clair County Public Aid Office in East St. Louis, Ill., and then moved to Princeton, where she became an administrator at the Bureau and Henry County offices of the Department of Human Services. In 2004, after 36 years with the state of Illinois, she retired on a Friday. The following Monday she started at the Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton, where she was still currently employed and loved by many children and by her co-workers.
She was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church. She was a member of CCW, a Gold Coat at Perry Memorial Hospital, a Eucharistic minister, volunteered at the Health and Wellness Clinic, and participated in helping people in many other aspects. Notably, she was always appreciative of the charitable organizations in and around Princeton, many times even going as far to thank them for allowing her to help. Rita married Matthew Maloney on Sept. 4, 1971, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in St. Louis, Mo. He died December 25, 2007.
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