Rita J. Ely, 76, of Monaca, formerly of Vanport, a loving mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord Monday, February 11, 2013.
Born March 23, 1936, and raised in Vanport, she was a daughter of the late Walter J. and Lyda E. Baumgard. She was married to the late Charles E. Ely, Sr. who preceded her in death on September 15, 2003. Rita, along with her husband, Chuck, was a longtime faithful member of Rochester Free Methodist Church and a member of the Cracker Jacks Bowling League in Monaca. She enjoyed being in the company of her children and grandchildren which easily led her to a long life of babysitting.
She leaves a son, Charles E. Ely, Jr. of Monaca and a daughter, Cindy Griffith and her husband, Kenneth, of Vanport; nine grandchildren, Jeremy (Jen) Ely, Robert Mickey (Michelle Payne), Kristy Mickey (Matt Russin); James ?J.C.? Enders (Alison Lucci), Kenneth Griffith, Candise Griffith, Andy Geisler, Shelby Ely and Kaitlyn Ely; two great-grandchildren, Ainsley Ely and Candise Russin; a brother, Joseph (Millie) Baumgard and three sisters, Lois Wolfe, Dolores (Ken) Whippo and Peggy (Bill) Phillips.
In addition to her husband and parents, Rita was preceded in death by a son, Keith Ely in 1982, a daughter, Candise Enders in 1997, and two sisters, Joan Weldon and Nancy Carpenter.
Friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. Her pastor, Rev. Mel McRoberts, will officiate. Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park.
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