Rita C. (Muse) Stone

September 13th, 2021

Rita C. (Muse) Stone, age 94, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on September 12, 2021.

Rita was born on March 1, 1927, in Melrose, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late William H. and Mary (Wischhusen) Muse. Rita was raised in Malden and Wakefield as part of a large, loving family of eight children.

Rita married “the love of her life”, Joseph W. Stone, on February 28, 1950. The couple had many wonderful memories of raising their children together. Rita and Joe celebrated sixty-three years of marriage before his passing in 2013.

Rita was always artistic; as a child, she liked to play with paper dolls and made doll clothes. She had many talents; sewing, painting, decorating cakes and crafting in one way or another. Her friends and family all benefited from her resourcefulness. She rarely kept her treasures to herself; she preferred to make special items for all. She also loved to share her abilities, teaching many friends and family her skills.

Being a caregiver was a part of Rita’s life from an early age. She had 6 older sisters and would care for their children often. She always had patience to make each feel special. When she had children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of her own, they all learned a sense of fairness in every situation. When one of the younger kids would get discouraged trying to keep up, she would say “you do good for your age”.

Rita was also a good friend and confidante. She was often the first to welcome new people to church, social groups, and any other situation. Rita and Joe were involved with many groups, including the Masons and Aleppo Shrine, Supportive Living Inc. and Advocates, Hedding Camp Association, Wilmington United Methodist Church, and others. Their love for their communities (both in Wilmington and Hedding Campgrounds, Epping NH) knew no limits; they were always willing to step up, be involved and share their abilities.

Everywhere Rita went, she gave others a sense that they belonged. She has helped to make the world a more beautiful, loving, and welcoming place for so many.

Rita was the beloved wife of 63 years of the late Joseph W. Stone, devoted mother of Jeanne E. Gricci & her husband James of Northfield, VT, Joseph W. Stone, Jr. & his wife Betsy of Springfield, VA, David Stone & his wife Kristine of Wilmington, Cynthia H. Eddy & her husband Harry of Limington, ME, Sally I. Stone of Berkeley, CA, Roger W. Stone of Woburn, Norma L. Biggins & her husband Michael of Wilmington and Richard & the late Kim Stone of Beverly. Cherished “Gramma” of Cynthia Huppert, Christopher Stone, Matthew Stone, Eric Stone, Alexa Stone, Jami Stoll, Jason Blackburn, Aaron Eddy, Dara Crawford, Lana Eddy, Cassidy Stone, Ashley Biggins, Mallory Horgan and Zachary Stone, and proud “Old Gramma” of 13 great-grandchildren. Rita is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, September 15th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Supportive Living Inc., 17 Warren Ave, Woburn MA 01801.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Rita C. (Muse) Stone”

  1. Beverly Berrigan says:

    Norma and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Beverly Berrigan

  2. Christine Kroken says:

    David and Kris,

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Christine (Blackburn) Kroken

  3. Peter Muise says:

    Sorry for your loss. Such an amazing caring Woman

  4. Laura Breen Blair says:

    Sorry for your loss, I remember my neighbor Mrs Stone. We lived a few houses away, before they moved. May she rest in peace. ????

  5. John and Diane Angus says:

    Rita was a wonderful, kind, loving lady who’s presence will be greatly missed at Hedding.

  6. Martha Stone-Martin says:


    We are very sorry to hear about Aunt Rita’s passing. Such a rock in your family. Many memories of holidays and a few at Hedding.

    Martha Stone-Martin

  7. Sharon Pierce says:

    She was a amazing Aunt. She is the last of a great generation she will be missed and I will always cherish memories of her.

  8. Joan Blanchard says:

    Norma. Sincere sympathy in the loss of your mother.

  9. Cathy and Dave Norton says:

    My dear life long friend, Liz, and I have very warm memories of Mrs. Stone as our Blue Bird Girl leader almost six decades ago. My heart goes out to your family. Our love, sympathy and prayers to Mrs.’s Stone’s family.

  10. Mary Downs says:

    Norma and family I’m so sorry for your loss. A lot great memories with your family. Sending prayers

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