Rita Jane Debons

Rita Jane Debons
Rita Jane Debons


Rita Jane Debons passed away unexpectedly at her home in Bend, Oregon on July 8, 2020. She was born in Lima, Ohio January 27, 1942 to Jim and Alice Claire Hall.

Rita graduated from Melbourne High School, Melbourne, Florida and attended Barry College, Miami, Florida. She entered the convent, where she taught and served the Catholic Church for more than 30 years.

Rita married Salvatore D’Arco on August 11, 1973 and lived in Kew Gardens, New York. They had a son Brian D’Arco, born January 25, 1976. In 1990, following Sal’s death, Rita and Brian moved back to Seymore, Indiana.

In 2005, Rita married Albert Debons and moved to Bend, Oregon where the couple created and ran Mountain View Winery, the first in the area. Rita did substitute teaching at St Francis Parish School. They were devoted members and supporters of the Catholic Church.

Rita made friends easily and enjoyed gardening, interior decorating and traveling. Her gregarious nature meant she had friends all over the country.

Rita is survived by her husband Albert Debons, son Brian D’Arco and sister Beverly Gerth, 3 step children (Jeanne Debons, Elizabeth Guerin and Matthew Debons), 4 grandchildren (Michelle Angland, Eliza Guerin, Luke Guerin and Julianna Debons) and 1 great grandchild (Finn Oliver Angland).

A graveside blessing will be held Thursday July 16 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Jost blessing the burial. The graveside gathering is open to family and friends.

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