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Rita Kay Smith

March 24, 1942 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Rita Smith Obituary


  Rita Kay Smith, 81, of Shelbyville, passed away January 2, 2024 at her residence.

  She was born March 24, 1942 in Shelbyville, IN. to Kenneth E. Purcell and Geneva M. (Ross) Purcell.

Rita was a blast to her family to be around.  She was the most caring and loving mother and grandmother.  One of her favorite things to do was to play bingo.  In her spare time she would do crafts and quilting.

She married Asha Smith in 1964 and he preceded her in death in November 1981.

Rita is survived by her daughters, Gina Purcell and Peggy (husband, Daniel) Dixon; her son, Robert Smith; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly Fricke; her grandson, Brian Meredith; her brother, Paul Purcell; her sister, Vera Short; her parents and husband.

  Visitation will be Tuesday, January 9, 2024 from noon to 2 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services with Pastor Christopher Short officiating.

  Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery in Morristown, IN.

  Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Rita’s family.

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January 9, 2024

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Murphy - Parks Funeral Service (S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville)

Funeral Service
January 9, 2024

2:00 PM
Murphy - Parks Funeral Service (S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville)


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