Rita Haughian Morford
Posted by Peggy (+27) 13 years ago
MILES CITY - Rita Haughian Morford, age 56, of Miles City, passed away on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer, at her home surrounded by her family.

Rita was born on April 21, 1951, in Miles City, the daughter of Leo and Anna May (Ziebarth) Haughian. She attended elementary school at Saugus, Kinsey and Terry, Mont. She attended Terry High School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Miles City in May of 1969. Following her schooling, she attended Montana State University at Bozeman from September of 1969 to June of 1973, graduating with a degree in Physical Education. Rita married John Morford on April 21, 1979, in Miles City.

Rita worked for United Parcel Service from July of 1976 to January of 2007.

Rita loved her flowers and garden, horses, reading and especially enjoyed spending time with her family and enjoyed following Chris and Kelly in their sports. Rita was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Eagles, CCQHA, National Honor Society, 4-H, Wrestling Booster Club, MYCBA, Teamsters Union, and was the 1969 Montana High School Rodeo All Around Champion and was a four time National Qualifier.

Rita is survived by her husband John Morford of Miles City; two sons: Chris Morford of Miles City and Kelly Morford of Libby; her mother, Anna May Haughian of Kinsey; four sisters: Dalice (Jeff) Landers of Miles City, Geri (Rob) Kincheloe of Miles City, Darla (Jed) Wier of Lake Elmo, Minn. and Lori (Tim) Herron of Havre; a brother, Alyn Haughian of Kinsey; her mother and father-in-law, Wayne and Mila Morford of Miles City; a sister-in-law, Kathi Ferguson of Billings; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Haughian and a mother-in-law, Jackie Brown.

A vigil service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miles City. Rite of Committal will follow in the family lot of the Old Calvary Cemetery in Miles City. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to: Rita Morford Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contributions may be sent to: First Interstate Bank, 1115 Main Street, Miles City, MT 59301.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14950) 13 years ago
I think we have all had people who have come into our live for a short period of time, who make a real difference and then they are gone. Rita was such a person in my life.

I met Rita as an eighth grader at SHHS. She was hired as the Title 1 teacher for a short time. Her "classroom" was a storage closet inside the school office. There was room in there for three desks. I struggled with math, english, and life. She was one of the few people who took the time to help me get my home work done and help me adjust to being an adolescent. I always felt like she could relate to my life as a country kid. She would alway make math relevant by using examples with cows and horses and other ag related things. She always encouraged me to try harder, relax and enjoy life. The short time she spent made a tremendous difference in my life. I am ever grateful.

To John, and the rest of Rita's family, you have my prayers and deepest sympathy.
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Posted by John Morford (+342) 13 years ago
Richard,

Rita always got the biggest kick out of reading some of your posts on this site. There were many times where we would laugh at something you put on here - so Thank You - for bringing joy to her life as well.

We have been overwhelmed with the amount of people Rita has touched over the years - we have received cards and letters from over 261 families since her passing.

Again, thank you for remembering her. We will always be proud of how she lived her life.

John, Chris and Kelly Morford

[This message has been edited by John Morford (edited 1/17/2008).]
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Posted by Bridgier (+9193) 13 years ago
It's been a long time since I've spent much time in Miles City, and even when I lived there I couldn't have told you that Chris and Kelly's mom's name was Rita - but if you would've asked me about Mrs. Morford, I would've said she's the nice lady at the UPS who was always willing to pull a package off the truck at 6:30AM for me when I was too impatient to wait for it to be delivered.

I agree with Richard on very very little - but my condolences to your family as well.
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