Rita Kay Underwood, 72, of Greenup, passed away at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Barkley Funeral Chapel, Greenup. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Greenup Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.barkleyfuneralchapels.com.
Rita was born on Aug. 17, 1941, in Greenup, to Verlin Leroy and Helen Irene (Brown) Golden. She married Robert Underwood on April 26, 2003. Rita was retired. She was a member of R.U.F.F.
Surviving is her husband; daughters, Connie (Tony) Wright of Greenup, Lynn (Tracy) Friend of Northbrook, Paula (Jerry) Gast of Toledo, and Robin (Karl) Kimble of Greenup; one sister, Helen “Tiny” McAuley of Palm Coast, Florida; 14 grandchildren, Christopher (Marissa) Wright of Sullivan, Tyler (Veronica) Wright of Sullivan, Andrew (Amanda) Wright of Sheldon, S.C., Sarah (Aaron) Griesemer of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Margaux Friend and fiance, Ron Mangas of Northbrook, Gregory (Mandy) Friend of Northbrook, Jessica Brock of Greenville, Texas, Stephanie (Daniel) Miller of Rowlette, Texas, Brittany (Justin) Horton of Dallas, Texas, Bradley Gibson of Rushsylvania, Ohio, Brianna Gibson of Rushsylvania, Ohio, Chelsie Gast of Charleston, Courtney Gast of Toledo, and Michael Carpenter of Greenup; 15 great-grandchildren, Addison, Adrianna, Austin and Asher Wright, Conner and Avery Griesemer, Ian and Kelly Mangas, Kade Underwood, Cheyenne Brock, Joseph Martin, Mark and Karyn Miller, Natalie Clark and Aedyn Horton.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Nancy Gibson; and a brother, John Vicars.
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