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Rita W. Garris

Born: Mon., Jul. 13, 1925
Died: Fri., Jan. 6, 2012

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Rita W. (Kearley) Garris, 86, of Leechburg, passed away at 1:09 p.m. Friday, January 6th 2012, while in the company of family members, at Good Samaritan Hospice Unit at Concordia, Cabot.
Rita was born in New Kensington, on July 13, 1925, the daughter of the late Victoria (Evens) and Aubrey Kearley. She had worked at Wear-Ever in New Kensington for a number of years before starting her family and becoming a dedicated homemaker. She was a member of Evangel Heights Assembly of God, Sarver. Rita was the church organist, the Sunday School Superintendent, and a Sunday School teacher for many years. Before her husband passed away, they loved to go on trips in their motor home. She enjoyed reading, shopping and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, John D. (Jamie) Garris, of Allegheny Twp.; her two daughters Susan (John) Tetford, of Allegheny Twp, and Nancy (Steven) Lehrer, of Winter Springs, FL; her grandchildren Chrissy (Adam) Laemmle, Bud (Tara)Garris, Bethany (Pastor Craig) Riggle, Tiffany Tetford, Tammy Tetford, Steven Lehrer and Jessica Lehrer; and her great-grandchildren Morgan, Marisa, and Maggie Laemmle, Isaiah and Chloe Riggle, and Ethan and Liam Garris. She is also survived by two sisters Audrey (Milford) Douthett, of Wickenberg, AZ, and Carol (Maxwell) Mercer, of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada; and her brother Donald Kearley, of Ravenna, OH

Rita was preceded in death by her husband John A. Garris, Jr., who passed in 1990, and her great-granddaughter, Mallory Laemmle.

Family and friends are being received on Monday January 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Evangel Heights Assembly of God. 120 Beale Rd., Sarver, PA. A funeral service will be held in her church at noon on Tuesday, January 10th, with the Rev. John Kuert officiating. Burial will be held in Mt. Airy Cemetery , Natrona Heights, PA.

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Victoria (Douthett) Daugherty

My beautiful Aunt Rita, who inspires me to continue to be a strong woman, laugh, love and live every moment to the fullest. Thanks for the wonderful memories - your fabulous smile and Uncle Jack's famous laugh, will always be in my heart. Love you, Victoria

John and Frankie Horvath

To our dear friend Rita---You have been an inspiration to us with your faithfulness,your attitude,outlook and ever ready beautiful smile. Y



















































To our dear friend Rita---You have always been an inspiration with your cheerful outlook on life,your faithfulness to









Dear Rita,You have always been an inspiration to us with your cheerful attitude to life,your faithfulness to God and family,and your beautiful smile.See you soon. Love


Carol Vantine Fraser

My deepest sympathies on the passing of your wonderful mother. Seeing her obituary brought back so many warm, beautiful memories about all of our parents. They were all truly the best. Your mother was always so warm and positive and so full of love for her family; and one of my earliest memories is of waiting for the mill whistle to blow, and being allowed to run down to the corner of Freeport Road (which was only two lanes) to wait for your dad (in a Lassie truck) to drop off my dad, and walking home carrying his metal lunch box. May all of the wonderful memories carry you through this time. Prayers and blessings to all of your families.

The Katora Family

Our deepesty sympathy to the Garris family. Your mom was one of the neighborhood moms we all grew up with and will always remember lovingly. She will always be remembered in our hearts.



Jeff and Terri Katora, John and Carol Katora and Barb (Katora) and Will Smith


Harold and Bonnie Brothers

Prayers and sympathy to the family. She will be missed. i remember her as being a very happy person and lots of fun.

Patty Canaan

John, Jamie, and family.....my sympathy to you on your loss of a very special lady....she was a very kind neighbor...you are in my prayers.



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