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Rita Pittillo Ward

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Rita Pittillo Ward, 83, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Monday, April 4, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Ruby Pittillo; her husband, Raymond; her daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Leonard Barrow; brothers, Aaron and Perry Pittillo and sister, Betty Nix.
She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, sister, granny and friend. Rita was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County. A homemaker by definition, she was the backbone of her family and lovingly raised her two girls while maintaining the order of her home and working alongside her husband operating the family farm. A longtime member of Refuge Baptist Church, she was dedicated to the ministry of our Lord.
She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Goings and husband Ron; granddaughter, Jessica Stegall, her husband Blair, and great-grandson Benton; brother Jack Pittillo and wife Ethel; sister, Martha Cable, and husband Don; sister Ann Heaton and husband Gene, and sister Pat Bynum. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends today, Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 6 to 8pm at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 at Refuge Baptist Church with Revs. Roy Perry and Alvin Melton officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Refuge Baptist Church, PO Box 36, Hendersonville, NC 28724.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2016
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