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Rita Katherine Owings

d. October 14, 2021

Rita Katherine Owings, 94, died October 14, 2021, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 7, 1927, in Battle Creek, Michigan, to the late Walter E. and Teresa Seery Wendell. On October 10, 1953, in Jackson, Michigan, she married Boyd T. “Tom” Owings, and he survives. They were married 68 years.

Rita was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Jackson, MI, St. Lawrence School of Nursing, Lansing, MI, and Michigan State University. She was a supervisor for the Michigan Department of Human Services. In 1972 Rita and Tom moved their family to Lima, Ohio where she worked as a supervisor for the Ohio Department of Human Services. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church for many years.

Rita and Tom had a wonderful life together. They took the family on many trips to northern Michigan, traveled extensively, and spent winters in Alabama. They had a large group of friends with whom they golfed, played Bridge, and socialized.

Also surviving are three children, Thomas W. (Lorena) Owings of Dublin, OH, Betsy (Ken) Askins of Lima, OH, and Cathie (Steve) George of Hilliard, OH, five grandchildren, Nick (Tracey) Owings, Lani Owings, Katie Askins, Michelle (Andy) Meis, Matt George (Lily Mazur), and two great-grandchildren, Austin and Benjamin Owings, a brother, Walter E. Wendell of Grand Rapids, MI, a sister-in-law, Barbara Owings of Clark Lake, MI and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Marilyn Wendell and Grace Goff.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to National Church Residences Hospice 2245 North Bank Drive

Columbus, OH 43220.


Arrangements by: Tidd Family Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich Street, Hilliard, OH, 43026, (614) 876-1722. Please visit to share your favorite memories and send your condolences to the Owings Family.

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