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Rita Kay Smith

May 14, 1941 ~ February 23, 2020 (age 78)


Rita Kay Smith, 78, of Washington, passed away at 6:43am Sunday, February 23, 2020 at her home.

Rita was born May 14, 1941 to Raymond E. and Mary Ellen VanThreese in Indianapolis, IN.  She was the oldest child of three with sister JoEllen Gazvoda, and brother Phillip.  She married Edward F. Smith on December 10, 1966 in Indianapolis and they had two boys, Phillip E. and Christopher R. Smith.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Mary Ellen; brother Phillip, and son Christopher. 

She is survived by her husband Ed Smith; son Phillip E. (Julie) Smith; three grandchildren, Juliet Tabacchi, Christian Hamilton, and Samantha Hamilton; and four great grandchildren, Salem, Logan, Olivia, and Finn. 

Rita was a 1960 graduate of Gerstmeyer Tech High School and held an associate degree from Illinois Central College.  Rita was a member of St. Monica’s Church.  She held many jobs throughout her life including bank teller, teacher’s assistant, secretary and CAN. Her most satisfying job was being a wife, mother, and grandmother.  Among the many things she loved in life, her favorite activities were cooking, reading, bowling, gardening, her pool, and time with her family, dogs and cats.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. No public services are planned. Inurnment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to TAPS.

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