Rita Maxine Woodyard, 78, of Little Hocking, Ohio, handed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, peacefully along with her household by her aspect.
She was born on Jan. 29, 1943, in Belpre, Ohio, the daughter of the late Elza B. and Eleanor Freshour Dewees. She graduated from Belpre Excessive Faculty in 1960.
Rita spent most of her grownup life elevating her three kids, together with babysitting. After her kids have been grown, she turned a house well being aide and labored for Residence Nursing Service and Hospice for 20 years. In 1998, she acquired an award for Residence Well being Aide of the 12 months for the state of Ohio. She was very obsessed with her work and gave nice care to these she served. Rita retired in 2006.
Rita is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ward B. Woodyard. Their journey started as a blind date to observe fireworks on the Washington Monument. They have been married on March 26, 1965, in Alexandria, VA. She can also be survived by three kids; Sandra (Charlie) Whitehair of Little Hocking, OH, Brenda (Kevin) Kirkbride of Whipple, Ohio, and Brian (Jennifer) Woodyard of Belpre, Ohio. Two grandsons; Garrett Whitehair and Dylan Kirkbride.
Household meant all the things to Rita. Her most memorable instances have been household get togethers, household seaside holidays, and being a grandma. She had a expertise for cooking. Home made noodles and cutout cookies have been her specialty. Simply ask her grandsons.
Rita at all times preferred being on the go. She loved “buying journeys,” flying to Las Vegas, seaside holidays, Dancing with the Stars on tour,Wheel of Fortune, phrase searches, and a difficult sport of scrabble, which she appeared to win rather a lot. Her favourite pastime was crunching ice. She turned well-known for understanding which ice got here from what restaurant … an ice professional, so to talk.
Along with her dad and mom, she was preceded in demise by two brothers, Maynard and Eddie Dewees.
Typically folks come into our lives at simply the fitting time, with that being stated, the household want to thank Dr. Jeremy Waters, Dr. Kelli Cawley, Marietta Memorial nursing workers and hospice, and a particular thanks to nurse, D.J. Lewis, for guiding us the previous few weeks and offering peace, consolation, and care. An additional particular thanks to Samantha Eichmiller (MMH ultrasound tech) for being by Mother’s aspect every week for the final yr and a half. She cherished your weekly talks and being pregnant journey, quickly you turned an essential a part of her life.
In our household, we by no means say goodbye … it’s at all times “See ya, Love ya.”
Companies will probably be on Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Leavitt Funeral Residence, Belpre with Pastor Tony Foreman officiating. Burial will observe within the Rockland Cemetery. Buddies could name on the funeral house on Friday from 5 p.m. to eight p.m. and one hour previous to companies on Saturday.
On-line condolences could also be despatched to the household at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.