Tuesday August 10, 2021
Rita Shirley (Langdon) Clough, born January 9, 1924 to Henry and Belle Langdon of Castleton, Vermont; Rita left this land peacefully on August 7, 2021.
Predeceased by her husband, the Reverend Maxwell L. Clough, and her siblings, John Harmon Langdon, Nelson Henry Langdon, Martha Isabelle Langdon and Charles Warren Langdon; she is survived by her son, Langdon D. Clough, and her daughter-in-law Sheila S. Clough, her daughter Heather D. Rheaume and her son-in-law Michael Rheaume and her beloved granddaughter, Renée Rheaume.
Proudly proud of her Vermont heritage, she remembered growing up in Castleton and being fully involved in all of the town’s activities, from Girl Scouts to junior women’s clubs to the Federated Church Choir. de Castleton and activities supporting “boys” serving in World War II. . She mostly remembered singing a duet with her sister and how they inadvertently made each other laugh.
With a Bachelor of Education degree from Castleton Normal School in 1945, she dedicated her life to elementary education, beginning with training in one-class rural schools and beginning with a long career in North Attleboro, MA. . She was thrilled with the excitement the children felt when they started to learn to read. On several occasions, she writes and directs plays for all the pupils of the school.
Her unpaid career, to which she was also devoted, was that of “the minister’s wife” at the old Congregational Church in Central Falls. She fully enjoyed and participated in all church activities, including lending her alto voice to the adult choir, leading a children’s choir, being active in all women’s groups or even preparing for her. house to host a private wedding ceremony. After the death of her husband and the closure of the church, she assumed important roles at Park Place Congregational Church in Pawtucket and at the Central Baptist Church in Providence. She was also active in the John Clough Genealogical Society.
She enjoyed needlepointing, writing letters to friends and relatives, playing the piano, and inviting friends to sing the “old songs”. She loved to write, creating stories and poems to share with her family and friends. She treasured the time spent with her granddaughter Renée, especially helping to take care of her when she was younger.
Rita had great faith and lived a life of dedicated service to God, her family and her friends. His transition to eternal life is assured in John 11: 25-26. “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even if they die, will live, and all who live and believe in me will never die.”
A celebration of Rita’s life will begin with visits from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at the Bellows Funeral Chapel.
A Celebration of Life will take place on August 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the same location.
Interment will follow on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Castleton, Vermont.
The family respectfully asks visitors to follow Covid safety protocols, including mask wearing and social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Park Place Congregational Church or the Rhode Island Shriners Charities Trust, which has generously supported Rita’s granddaughter for many years.
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