Rita Isabel Dubord

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died September 29th, 2019

Rita Isabel Dubord

Rita, previously of 321 South 19th Street, and later West Highland Apartments, Escanaba, found peace Sunday, September 29th.  Most recently she had resided at Cedar Hill Assisted Living in Bark River.

Rita was born April 23, 1924, in Escanaba, MI to Yvonne (Potvin) and Bennett McCauley. She was the firstborn of the four McCauley sisters. She was quite proud of her Irish heritage, enjoying any opportunity to celebrate the green. St. Patrick’s day was certainly a favorite of Rita and her family.

She was a devout member of St. Anne’s Church. She was a faithful servant of her Lord, generously giving support and time. Praying the rosary was important to Rita. Her loving granddaughters did just that with her the evening before her passing.

In June of 1943, Rita married Clifford “Kayo” Dubord, the couple enjoyed many happy and adventurous years, raising five children together. They enjoyed time spent at their camp on Round Lake, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, playing cards, and enjoying family life. If you were lucky enough to be at Rita’s table, or one of the neighborhood kids, you likely enjoyed one of her peanut & carrot sandwiches. Or one of her other specialties, mozai (venison gourmet), butterscotch pie, or homemade cookies.

When Rita lost her Kayo in 1991, she continued on with the love and support of many friends and family members. She often said her loved ones were “Made of Gold”. Her life remained full and adventurous. She traveled with sisters, daughters, daughters-in-law, granddaughters and friends. Was always ready to take a ride to the casino to play a little Keno. Luck was usually on her side! She even skydived at the young age of 85. She claimed membership in the LEO Club, (Let’s Eat Out). If you were dining with Rita, you could be sure you’d receive a chocolate Hershey kiss for dessert, as was her delightful custom! Rita was truly generous with her fortunes and her love. She loved to gab with neighbors over coffee. She had a fun sense of humor and laughed easily and often.

Rita was employed as a riveter in Detroit during WWII before starting her career job at Michigan Bell as an operator. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers club. Rita took pride in her profession and enjoyed her life-long work friends. She retired in 1979. Up until this past year she was still attending operator retiree luncheons.

Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will miss her wit and sense of humor. She was a genuinely outstanding and loving Wife, Mom, Mother-in-law, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Auntie, and friend.

Survivors include children: Gary (Shirley) Dubord, Bark River MI, Dennis (Diane) Dubord, Bark River MI, and Jean (Randy), Shaum, Two Rivers, WI, and son-in-law Jim (Susan) Allen, Green Bay, WI, and Mike England (Kathleen) Escanaba, MI; and brother-in-law, Phil (Lela) Dubord of Gladstone.

Seven Grandchildren: Steve Allen, Julie (Rob) DelBianco, Holly (Tom) Brimmer, Bradley Dubord, Trisha (Justin) Izzard, Jennifer (Andy) Sovey, and Kurt (Abby) Dubord. Also fifteen great-grandchildren whom Rita referred to as Cookie-snatchers!

Survivors also include her siblings: Florence Benard and Lois (Jerry) Ravet. Plus, many special nieces, nephews, other relatives, life-long friend Mary Babel, and other dear friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Bennett and Yvonne McCauley, her loving husband Kayo, daughters; Kathleen Dubord and Susan Allen. Also her sister Mary Sheffer.

Rita’s family would like to acknowledge and sincerely express appreciation to the staff at Cedar Hill Assisted Living. Special mention should be made to Candace, Holly, Kim, Ali, Florence, Joan, and Katie. Thank you for your kindness and support during Rita’s final years.

The Crawford Funeral Home is serving the family. Visitation will be held at St. Anne’s Church, Wednesday, October 9th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting

“May God hold you in the palm of his hand”.



2 Tributes to “Rita Isabel Dubord”

  1. She was a great neighbor!! I remember those days of playing with all her kids! And yes those peanut and carrot sandwiches!!! The best at birthday parties and Kayo would play his accordion!! Great memories… in peace Mrs. Dubord!!
    God’s peace be with the family.

  2. My sincere condolences to the family. I spent many an afternoon and some evenings playing “hand and foot” with Rita and the cousins. Always with a smile and a laugh, she was such enjoyable company. May the happy memories of dear Rita sustain you in your time of sorrow. Lisa Cooper

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