Rita Jeanne Moser Busbee

April 5, 1947April 1, 2018
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Rita Jeanne Moser Busbee, 70, of Claremont, passed away at her residence on April 1, 2018. Rita was born on April 5, 1947 in Catawba County. She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted parents, Lorene Sigmon Moser and Richard Moser; and her father-in-law, John A. Busbee.

She is survived by her husband who she married on April 5, 1969, John Robert Busbee (Bobby) of the home; daughters, Suzanne Busbee Snyder and husband, Jason of Columbia, SC; Andrea Busbee Ramsey and husband, Scott of Claremont; son, John Moser Busbee and husband, Rodney Foster of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Cole Busbee Snyder, Mia Frances Snyder, and London Busbee Ramsey; mother-in-law, Mary E. Busbee; and numerous friends and relatives.

Rita was a graduate of Bunker High School in 1965, and she graduated from Appalachian State University in 1969. Rita taught in the Catawba County School system for 22 years, but retired in 1992 to take care of her mother. Over the years, Rita served on the Catawba Valley Medical Center Board of Directors, ECCCM Board of Directors, Catawba Regional Hospice Board of Directors, and the Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley Board of Directors. She also donated countless hours to her church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont, where she was baptized, confirmed and married. Rita also served as the first female President of the church congregation, and also served a number of years with the Women of the Church. She also helped raise money for the March of Dimes, and donated time and money to ALFA and OUTright Youth of Catawba Valley. Rita was also the coordinator for the National Day of Prayer in Claremont a number of years.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 3216 West Main Street in downtown Claremont on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m with Rev. Dr. Gary Haddock officiating. A reception for family and friends will be held following the service in the Family Life Center of the church.

Condolences may be sent to the Busbee family at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CVMC Foundation, 810 Fairgrove Church Rd. SE, Hickory, NC 28602; Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658; or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 550, Claremont, NC 28610.

The Busbee family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover, NC.


  • Richard Oswald Moser, Father
  • Thelma Lorene Sigmon Moser, Mother
  • J. Robert "Bobby" Busbee, Husband
  • John A. Busbee, Father-in-law
  • Mary E. Busbee, Mother-in-law
  • John M. Busbee and husband, Rodney Foster, Son
  • Suzanne Busbee Snyder and husband, Jason, Daughter
  • Andrea Busbee Ramsey and husband, Scott, Daughter
  • Cole Busbee Snyder, Grandchild
  • Mia Frances Snyder, Grandchild
  • London Busbee Snyder, Grandchild
  • Rita Busbee also leaves numerous friends and relatives to cherish her memory


  • Service of Remembrance Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Receiving of Friends Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Rita Jeanne Moser Busbee

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christine smith

August 22, 2018

Please accept our condolences. It is our hope that you receive comfort and peace from God. (2 Cor. 1: 3&4)

Nicki Walls

April 4, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all. ~Nicki Myers Walls

Matt McGrath

April 4, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Rita. She was such a wonderful and kind lady. As my teacher in 5th grade she made learning so much fun. She used to pick with me about how I never wanted to read the full book and just "skim". She kidded me about that every time I saw her. She inspired many over the years and her impact will be felt in the years to come. May the Lord comfort you all during this time.

Sandy Jackson

April 4, 2018

Dear Bob, Suzanne, Andrea & John,

I'm so very sorry to hear about Rita. Losing a close loved one is never easy and you will find your "new normal" but it still hurts. Cling to the funny, happy and loving memories of her and that can make you smile. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.


Sandy Brown Jackson

Don, Mike,Donna Plemmons

April 4, 2018

We are so sorry. We will continue to pray for your family.

Robert Dorsey

April 3, 2018

I will always remember Rita as a extraordinary loving and caring person! She was always so full of life and I sincerely feel honored to have know her. I offer my deepest sympathy to the love of her life Bob and all the family during this time. Rita always lighted up the room with her presence. I know she has already added that light to the other angles in heaven.
Deepest condolences,. Bob Dorsey

Coach Bob Starnes

April 3, 2018

I am so very sorry for your loss.You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.