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Obituary: Miss America Finalist

Longtime Shrewsbury resident Rita Landry dies at at 95.

Obituary: Miss America Finalist

Rita M. (King) Landry, age 95, a longtime resident of Shrewsbury, died peacefully Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 in Worcester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center (formerly Radius Healthcare) surrounded by her loving family, as posted on legacy.com.

Her beloved husband of 66 years, Leon H. Landry, passed away Nov. 4, 2003. Rita is survived by her two sons, John H. Landry of Maryland and Paul L. Landry and his wife Donna of Sturbridge; three daughters, Carol A Mercurio with whom she lived, Judith E. Laukaitis of Auburn and Joyce M. Lovoie of Dorchester; nineteen grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by two sisters, Gladys Kavoogian and Doris Orfalea.
Rita was born in Worcester, daughter of Alfred and Minnie (Christian) King.

She worked as a pharmacy clerk for many years. Rita during her early years was a Miss America finalist in Atlantic City in 1935.

Those who wish to remember Rita by way of a memorial tribute are kindly asked to consider the St. Anne Church Human Services, 130 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545. To share your thoughts and memories of Rita, please visit her personal guestbook at: mercadantefuneral.com

Read the complete obituary at legacy.com.

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