Rita Claye


Rita Claye died Jan 26, 2002 at her home in Etna.

Rita was born Dec 30, 1930 to Vern and Afton Willoughby in Evanston. She attended school in Evanston and graduated in 1946. Shortly after she married Gerald Nuhn. To this union three children were born. They later divorced. She then met and married Bill Claye and they added four more children to their family.

For many years Rita owned and operated the Horse Shoe Cafe in Etna. She had a big heart and continued adding people to her list of favorites as new generations entered her life. Rita was best known for her smile and her Rita Burgers served abundantly at her cafe.

She is survived by her children, Lorene Schwab, Diane Bagley, Billy Claye, Susanne Johnson, David Claye and Michelle Fullmeer, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren whom will greatly miss her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Claye.

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