Rita Marie Gessert May 15, 1935 April 23, 2018 Rita Marie Gessert, born May 15 1935, passed away surrounded by her loving family on April 23, 2018 in Houston, Texas. She was born in Buck Grove, IA and raised in Denison, IA. She married her loving husband Eugene (Gene) Gessert on July 21, 1956, and raised their family in Cape Girardeau, MO, where her love and dedication to her family was her greatest joy. Gene and Rita later moved to Houston, TX to be closer to daughters and family. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Gene. She is survived by her two sons, Bob (Lise'), Kelly (Ann), two daughters Lori Meador (Mark) and Stacey Downs (Daryl), eight grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, a sister Teresa Zeller, and a brother, Tony Mechura (Paulette). Rita was a devout Catholic who was selfless in her actions by always thinking of other's needs before her own. Rita was a wonderful wife, a great mom, and a loving grandma. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. A memorial mass was held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Houston, TX, on April 26, 2018 at 11am. Read more of her obituary at dignitymemorial.com.