Rita Freer, 66 of Gallatin, passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at her mother’s home in Kidder.
Rita was born Aug. 31, 1947 to Adelbert and Myrtle (Wilson) Murry near Gallatin. She graduated from Orrick High School in 1966 and attended North Central Missouri College in Trenton. Rita was united in marriage to Paul Freer June 7, 1986. She was employed at the Head Start in Gallatin for 12 years. Her kind and loving nature and compassion for children gave her the ability to nurture and touch every child during their formative years. She also was a caregiver for the elderly who took pride in caring for their every need. Rita was an inspiring example of dedication and commitment to those she served.
Rita became a Christian at the age of nine years old. As a teenager, she worked with the Sun Beams. She was a long time devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Gallatin where she taught Sunday school for several years, enjoyed working with the youth and the fellowship she shared with her church family. In her spare time, Rita also enjoyed working on needlepoint. Her love of the Lord and her strong faith was apparent in every aspect of her life. She served God as well as her family. Rita’s devotion to her church, family and friends allowed her to build lasting relationships. She was an inspiration and will be greatly missed by those that knew and loved her.
Rita was preceded in death by her father, her husband, Paul in 2002, grandparents, Mr.& Mrs. Clyde Wilson and Mr. & Mrs. Oscar Murry, and nephew, Brice Murry.
Rita is survived by her mother, Myrtle Duncan of Kidder, two brothers; Bill (Rose) Murry of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Larry (Linda) Murry of Excelsior Springs, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the First Baptist Church in Gallatin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the Church. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday, at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin. Burial will be at the Centenary Cemetery, near Gallatin. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Gallatin, in care of the Funeral Home.
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