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Rita Marie Howell, 79, of Danville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 10:42 a.m. on Sept. 19, 2017. Rita was born in Danville, on Dec. 2, 1937, the daughter of Cyril and Nina Wicoff.
On July 16, 1966, Rita married the love of her life Thomas Howell and they spent the next 51 years together, he survives.
Rita is also survived by her daughter, Deborah (Randy) Mikel; two sons, Kevin Howell, Eric Howell; two brothers, Gerald Wicoff, Ronald Wicoff; one special sister, Barbara Rupert; five grandchildren, Heather Mikel, Sarah Mikel, Rachel Mikel, Dylan Mikel, Sara Howell; one great-grandchild, Hunter Ollis; and four special friends, William and Betty Schuring, Janis Myers and Laurie Downing.
Rita is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert Wicoff and James Wicoff; and three sisters, Mary Anne Douglas, Loretta Buckley and infant Carol Wicoff.
Rita was a graduate of Schlarman Academy class of 1955. She attended First Assembly of God Church in Danville. Rita was a homemaker and devoted her entire life to her husband, children and grandchildren. Her love for Jesus was apparent in her every word and deed. She was small in stature but a mighty spiritual force to be reckoned with. Rita could often be found in her kitchen baking sweet treats for her friends and family. She knew everyone's favorites and presented them on birthdays, holidays, special occasions and simply because she loved you. When she wasn't in her kitchen, she could be found reading and studying her Bible. She had already hand-written the Bible word for word and had begun a second attempt. She also enjoyed spending time on her computer managing family affairs and preserving precious memories. Rita has completed her earthly journey and is rejoicing in her eternal home, but she will be greatly missed on earth by all who had the privilege to know her.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at First Assembly of God, 428 N. Walnut St., Danville. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 23, at the church. Cremation is to follow the service.
Please join Rita's family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 20, 2017
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