MOUNT HOLLY - Rita Lea Mitchem Waldrop, 79, of Mount Holly, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia.
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She was born March 10, 1934 in Gaston County to the late David Worthly Mitchem and Lillian Bessie Mason Mitchem.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Gaston Memorial Park, officiated by the Rev. David Clippard.
Ms. Waldrop is survived by: sons, Jeff Waldrop and wife Charlotte, Greg Waldrop and wife Rhonda; daughters, Jill Potts, Jan Rhinehart and husband Mike; sisters, Faye Bumgardner and husband Mike, Alta Durden, Martha Graham; eight grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by: brother, Hugh Mitchem; sister, Vivian Dellinger.
Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia. A guest registry is available at greenefu-neral.com.
Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel
216 Archie Whitesides Road
Gastonia, NC 28052
Published in Gaston Gazette on Feb. 9, 2014