Rita S. Neill

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Rita S. Neill



Rita S. Neill, 64, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away unexpectedly Monday, December 16, 2013 at her home.

She was born June 19, 1949 to Hazel Staggs in Wayne County, Tennessee.

She retired from NMPRC with over 25 years of service. Rita also worked as a waitress and formed many friendships over the years.  Rita loved her family and grandchildren very much. She will be sadly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Al Strantz.

Survivors: mother, Hazel Strantz, Spring City, Tennessee; daughters, Elaine Newey (David) and Lisa Dawson (Alan); granddaughter, Tara Newey; grandsons, Nicholas and Ryan Newey and Brady Dawson, all of St. Joseph; and many friends and co-workers.

Services:  10:00 A.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.  The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.



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  1. kathybloss says:

    im so sorry for your loss rita and I worked a lot of places together she and I were very close I loved rita she was a wonderful I will miss her dearly we worked at mnprc together to lots of good memory with her sadly missed

  2. Andrea Edwards says:

    I knew Rita from NMPRC. She was wonderful to work with, always full of energy and good to be around. I was sad to hear about her death. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Paula stahl says:

    Rita will be missed by a lot of people. I worked with Rita at NMPRC and enjoyed her bright smile and her engery. My prayers go out to the family.

  4. Jack Enochs says:

    I knew Rita from NMPRC, I was in security. I was shocked to hear what happened. Rita was a very nice an friendly lady and a good worker. She will be missed. It was a pleasure to know her.

  5. Katie (Gilmore) Lane says:

    We miss you Rita. :'( I will remember Rita by her laugh and honest smile. There are not many people so true, kind, loving, as Rita. I am most sad that my son will not get to see her and grow up around her. Rita’s family was what she lived for, please pray for her family, especially her grandchildren and daughters. RIP Rita Neill. You will never be forgotten.

  6. Robin Wilson says:

    You will be missed by many people. I have known Rita for quit a few years and worked with her at the hospital. She was one of the most honest, hard working, caring and compassionate person I have known. She also cleaned my home and will hard to replace. Her lived for her grandchildren and family. She will be missed by many. I send my condolences to her family in this time of loss and healing.

  7. Barb Klawuhn says:

    So sorry for your loss, We worked together at Western Sizzlin, she was a class A lady. She will be missed.

  8. Julie Wheeler Kelly says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences on Rita’s passing. Our family was blessed to have her as one of the caregivers for my dad, Jim Wheeler. She truly made a difference in the lives of those she touched and will be missed by us all, especially Jim who thought so highly of Rita and valued her friendship every day.

    Thinking of you at this difficult time, Jim and Brian Wheeler & Julie Wheeler Kelly

  9. Tanya Augustine says:

    I worked with Rita at NMPRC. I can truly say I’ve never met a kinder woman than her. She never had a bad thing to say to anyone or about anyone. And she loved her children & grandchildren with every part of her. Rita, I will miss you more than you know.

  10. Steve McIntosh says:

    Rita you were loved by all of us and will be deeply missed my condolences and prayers to your family.

  11. Tara Newey says:

    I am proud to say I am Rita’s granddaughter. This is a very hard time for her family and friends. I have never felt so empty inside. Our family would like to thank each and every one of you for sharing your memories, prayers and love for Grandma Rita. You already know how special she was and is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. Always had a smile, big heart and loved anyone that she talked too. We have so many fun memories with her. She will be greatly missed and the memories will last forever. Rest in peace my sweet angel. I know she will watch over and shine down her love to us.

  12. Ashley Stahl says:

    I knew Rita from NMPRC. She was an amazing coworker with a loving smile. She will be greatly missed by everyone that has come in contact with her. My thoughts and prayers to ur family.

  13. Mimi Comfort says:

    When I got the message on Monday about Rita I was in the Dallas airport and wept openly. Rita was such a blessing to our family and we treasured our friendship. She was an incredible lady who always went above and beyond when she worked for us. She spoke of her family often and loved her daughters and grandchildren so much. I am so sorry for your loss, she will be greatly missed.

  14. Larry W says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Rita was a great person and will be missed by many. May God bless her and her family.

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