Rita Barnes Kifer – Obituary

By  | January 12, 2019 | Filed under: Obituaries, Peck Funeral Home

Rita Barnes Kifer, 67, of Hartselle Alabama went to be with her Lord on Friday, January 11, 2019.

Rita was born to the late Roy and Rachael Barnes in 1951.

She grew up in Steele, Missouri where she graduated from South Pemiscot High School in 1969. She went on earn her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Southeast Missouri State University.

Rita was the beloved wife of James Melvin Kifer for forty seven years.

She is survived by two daughters Shelly (Jason) Tomlinson and Stephanie (Zac) Littrell, both of Franklin Tennessee, a sister Myrana Lee Wallen of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
She delighted in her grandchildren Rachael Elise Tomlinson, Joseph Kifer Tomlinson, Celia Kifer Littrell, and Shelly Morgan Littrell.

Rita was a devoted member of the Hartselle Church of Christ where she dedicated herself to serving others through teaching Sunday School, hosting numerous bridal and baby showers and encouraging others with her bright smile and encouraging spirit.

Rita was an accomplished cook, master seamstress, artist, world traveler, cancer survivor and faithful servant of God.
In her lifetime she visited twenty seven countries, all fifty states, and all provinces in Canada.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 pm on Monday January 14 at Hartselle Church of Christ with service following.

Graveside service will be held at Mount Zion Cemetery in Steele, Missouri at 1pm on Tuesday January 15.

Rita’s family and friends would like to express their utmost gratitude to her caregiver and friends who diligently comforted throughout her long illness.

Pallbearers will be Andy Dukes, Rob Ellis, Kerry Hamlett, Keith Pritchard, Iulian Sfetcu and Alan Walker.

Cecil Cole, Evyless Holcomb, Paul Norrid, Jim Reeder, Clarence Walls and J.D. Woodard III will serve as honorary pallbearers

Flowers always brought a smile to her heart because she delighted in seeing God’s creations grow into their full glory.

In that same spirit, the family has requested donations be made in her honor to Lar Mana Children’s Home in Recife, Brazil. Please visit larmana.us for more information.

Peck Funeral Home

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