Rita Ann DeWerff, nee Blackburn, 55, of Belleville, IL, born July 4, 1957, in Pikeville, KY, died Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.
Mrs. DeWerff was a registered nurse for several area nursing homes and also worked for Southern Illinois Health Care. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Fairview Heights, IL.
Rita was preceded in death by her mother, Laura Blackburn, nee Coleman; her sister, Vivian Coleman; and her brother, Bobby Dean Blackburn.
Surviving are her husband of 36 years, Gary D. DeWerff, whom she married on July 24, 1976;
one son, Chadrick DeWerff of Belleville, IL;
her father, Bob Blackburn of Regina, KY;
one brother B.L. Blackburn of Elkhorn City, KY;
three sisters, Nellie (Roger) Blair of Regina, KY,
Loretta (John) Leslie of Kingsport, TN,
and Eileen (Dwight) Bostic of Phyllis, KY;
a sister-in-law, Terri DeWerff of Edwardsville, IL;
numerous nieces and nephews;
and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Barnes-Jewish Organ Transplant Unit. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2012, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Fairview Heights, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2012, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Fairview Heights, IL, with Pastor Jeffrey Hemmer officiating.
Burial will follow at Harvel Cemetery, Harvel, IL.
Her fight is over and she won the race. God has told her
" Well done, thou good and faithful servant, you are home."
May God comfort you all.
Rita Damron Johnson, Phyllis, KY, 41554
Eileen,I know you & the family have been thru alot lately. You are all in my thoughts & prayers. May God Bless & Comfort you! Love you
Vanessa Kelly, Dorton, KY, 41520
Rita is in heaven now. I am confident she was greeted by family and friends who went before her. She is without pain, smiling and very happy.
Kathy and Jerry Blue
Kathy Blue, Creal Springs, IL, 62922
God Bless You All, My Family will keep You all in our Prayers. Rita, I really enjoyed your Phone Call, May You Rest in Peace.
Love Aunt Dimple
Dimple Coleman and Family, Elkhorn, Ky, 41522
Rita the Lord did not forget you. My deepest sympathy to Gary and Chad on their loss of you I shall miss you terribly and I love you.
Fran Robinson, Belleville, Illinois, 62223
We are friends of Eileen's & her family. We want all the family to know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. May God Bless & comfort you.
Randy & Anna Belcher, Big Rock, Va, 24603
My deepest sympathy Gary to you and your family.
Susan Thies, Swansea, IL, 62226
So sorry to hear about Rita's passing. I know how much you loved her, and what a great friend and sister-in-law she was. Will be praying for you and your family. My sincerest sympathy - Dawn Parker
Dawn Parker, Collinsville, IL, 62234
We are so sorry for your loss.
George, Amanda and Lena Barker, Marion, IL, 62959
Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family during this time.
Wayne and Denise Caughman, O'Fallon, Illinois, 62269
My deepest sorrow to the family for a life that ended too soon, during Bible times the Shunammite woman leaped for joy when her loved one was resurrected to life again on earth -2Kings 4:32-37, and when Lazarus was resurrected, no doubt his sisters Mary and Martha leaped for joy – John 11: 43, 44. We too, will soon leap for joy when we are reunited with our loved ones on a paradise earth with the prospect of eternal life and no resident will say: I am sick –John 5:27-29; Psalms 37:11 29; Isaiah 33:24; Revelation 21:3, 4.
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