Obituary, Rita Elizabeth (Ayer) Mee

Rita Elizabeth (Ayer) Mee, 84, a longtime resident of Wassaic, NY, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at her home in Wassaic with her daughter, Wendy by her side after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Rita was born on March 19, 1936 at home in Milton Mills, NH. She was a 1955 graduate of Spaulding High School. On July 23, 1955 she married Charles Mee in Acton, Maine. They lived in Cross River, NY for many years before moving to Wassaic. She was predeceased by her husband Charlie in 2011.

Rita is survived by her loving daughters, Wendy Purcell and her husband, Tom, of Wingdale, NY and Diane Mee and her husband, Art Evans, of Hesperus, CO and a sister, Charlotte Mee of Acton, ME. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Nancy Webster and many nieces and nephews.

Rita enjoyed gardening, reading, watching Jeopardy, doing puzzles of all kinds, art, fashion and shoes! Wendy would like to thank the Hospice Team of Danica DelDin, Kameko Green and Chris Boyd. Also, her amazing caregivers, Heather Steckler, Crystal Neithardt and Darlene Morrison – You are all Angels!

A graveside service will take place in Maine at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. To send the family an online condolence, please visit

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Author: Harlem Valley News