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Rita Fay Deskins

February 13, 1946 ~ March 5, 2019 (age 73)


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Rita Fay (Terry) Deskins, age 73, died on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 13, 1946 to the late Delmer Terry and Louise (Monroe) Bolen.  Rita graduated from Avilla High School in 1964 and later married James Handshoe on March 19, 1965 in Kendallville.  He proceeded her in death in 1972.  She worked as a CNA for more than 20 years and retired from Kendallville Manor around 2010. She was a member of Grace Christian Church. Rita had a passion for reading, and all kinds of history, especially the Civil War.  Family gatherings and holidays were very important and always special to her.

Survivors include:

Son, Randy and SuzAnne Handshoe of Kendallville.

Daughter, Patty and Van Hug of Edgerton, OH.

Daughter, Pauletta and Danny Castle of Butler.

Son, Nick and Lisa Deskins of Kendallville.

Grandchildren; Christina and Dexter Hawkins, Brice and Samantha Handshoe, Brody Dixon, Skyla and Adam Turner, Macaulay Botteron, Jackson and Isabelle Deskins.

Four Great Grandchildren

Brother, Doug and Patty Terry of Kendallville.

Brother, Wade Terry of Kendallville.

Sister, Tammy Philo and Kelly Smith of Kendallville

Sister, Lesa Perry of Cloverdale, OH.

She was proceeded in death by her parents and a brother, Rick Bolen.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 8, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Hite Funeral Home.

Burial will take place at Sweet Cemetery in Albion.

Preferred memorials may be made to Cancer Services of NE Indiana.

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March 8, 2019

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, IN 46755

Funeral Service
March 9, 2019

11:00 AM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, IN 46755

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