Longtime Clute resident Rita Sue McGrath passed away early Nov. 26, 2019, at Creekside Village nursing home at the age of 86. Rita had suffered from a variety of illnesses including diabetes and congestive heart failure for a number of years.
Rita was born on Sept. 7, 1933, in Fort Payne, Ala., as the daughter of Bertie Yancey and Reuben Lyons. As a child, Rita had a mischievous side – she used to crawl into her cedar chest toy box to hide from her mother. Rita’s eldest son, Paul, still has that cedar chest.