Gerty — Rita Kaye Ward, 63, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Gerty.
She was born Dec. 1, 1950, in Coalgate to Lucy Brothers and Shi Cash. She attended elementary school in Coalgate and high school in Canadian. She graduated from Canadian High School in 1969.
She married Kenneth Ward on July 15, 1969.
Rita worked for the New Age Project in Gerty for 20 years. She was working there until her health became an issue in October 2013.
Preceding Rita in death are her parents; her husband, Kenneth Ward; a sister, Rhonda Stafford; and her grandparents.
Survivors include two sons, James Michael Ward and wife, Donna, of Ada and Kevin Ward of the home; her grandsons Kaegon and Karson Ward of Allen, Dylan Ward of Seminole, Darell Futischa of Ada; sisters Patsy Fulton and husband, Marvin, of Gerty, Judy McGowan and husband, Larry, of Globe, Ariz., Helen Hartsfield of Stuart, and Carolyn Miller and husband, Robert, of Canadian; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other friends and family.
The funeral service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at Hudson-Phillips Chapel in Holdenville, with Pastor Sherry Heath of Canadian Methodist Church officiating. Pallbearers will be Kaegan Ward, Karson Ward, Darell Futischa, Chad Hartsfield, Christopher Impson and Colby Impson. Honorary bearers will be Brian Futischa, Brian Fulton, Paul Fulton and Paul Impson.
Interment will follow at the Gerty Cemetery in Gerty.