Rita M. Bills

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Rita M. Bills age 68 of El Dorado, passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. Rita was born on June 27, 1950 in El Dorado, KS to Edgar and Cleo Mae (Burton) Stapleford. Rita was a graduate of Severy High School, class of 1968. Rita enjoyed always taking care of everyone. She enjoyed cooking big family dinners and spending time with her grandchildren and spoiling them. Rita also enjoyed going camping, shopping and finding and refurbishing furniture. On June 16, 1972, Rita married Carl Johnson and they later divorced. On December 29, 2009 Rita married Frank N. Bills, in Wichita, KS, they were married until his death of January 19, 2013. Rita is survived by: son, Kent Johnson and wife Stephanie of El Dorado, KS; daughter, Nancy Johnson and husband Jon of El Dorado, KS; step-children: Debbie Batson of Severy, KS, Jackie Bills of Severy, KS, Teresa McKay of Severy, KS, Kurt Thomas of Kansas City; brothers, John Stapleford of Golden, CO; Raymond and wife Irene Stapleford of Severy, KS; David and wife Sherry Stapleford of Eureka, KS; Harold and wife Ronda Stapleford of Fredonia, KS; Dale and wife Jackie Stapleford of Yates Center, KS; sisters, Patricia Stapleford of Augusta, KS, Mary Sanford and husband Butch of Fall River, KS, Lisa Boyer of Augusta, KS; 6 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Rita was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank; Brother Richard Stapleford; and nephew Blake Stapleford. Funeral services were held Monday, August 27, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Severy United Methodist Church with Pastor Susan Galvan officiating, burial to follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Eureka. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Countryside Funeral Home 206 E. Washington, Howard, KS. Memorials are suggested to Susan G. Komen Cure for Cancer and or the American Diabetes Association and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com Services entrusted to: Countryside Funeral Home 420 S. 20th St., P.O. Box 247, Fredonia, KS 66736

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