Nita Habbena, age 97, of Carl Junction, Missouri, passed away peacefully on August 5th at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family who loved her dearly.
Nita grew up in the small community of Rockwell City, Iowa, where she met and married her husband, Carl, in 1947. During their marriage they lived and raised their 4 children in Manson, Iowa. When the nest was empty, they moved to Yankton, South Dakota, then Leawood, Kansas, with their final move to Carl Junction where they lived for over 30 years.
Her pride and joy was her grandson Ryan. Nita also enjoyed playing golf, her gardens, flowers, and a good glass of wine. She was a dog lover and enjoyed companion pets throughout her entire life. She also loved the KC Royals and Chiefs, and there was nothing she enjoyed more than watching a good game on television.
She had a zest for life and was a fiercely independent spirit. Having fun was always the goal. During her final years that spirit was a blessing but also became a challenge to her caregivers who were honored to be part of her final journey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 2003, her parents, and 2 sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Carleen Shatto, Paula Habbena, Pat Habbena, son Doug Habbena, grandson Ryan Habbena and sister Pegge Hudgins.
A special thank you must be extended to Good Shepherd Hospice for their exceptional care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Shepard Hospice, Olathe, Kansas, or New Beginnings Dog Rescue in Overland Park, Kansas.
A celebration of life is pending.