Rita Ann Deschenes\r\n1927 - 2021\r\n\r\nWaterville - Rita A. Deschenes, 93, passed away peacefully. She was born in Madison to the late Archile and M. Emma (Thebeau) Mercier. She was married to Leo R. Deschenes for 69 years who predeceased her. Rita graduated from Madison High School and received her degree as a U.S. Cadet Nurse at the Elizabeth Ann Seton School of Nursing in Waterville, ME class of 1948. After graduation she worked as a Registered Nurse and an operating room supervisor at Seton and Thayer Hospitals in Waterville. Maine. \r\nRita is survived by her daughter Ann and husband David Vashon; grandchildren. Greer Vashon and Evan Vashon and wife Phina and her great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers Arnold and Richard. \r\nThe family would especially like to thank the many caregivers.\r\nA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com. \r\nIn lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, 93 Silver Street, Waterville, Maine 04901.