Rita loved singing, and a friend, Connie Copeland, posted this on Rita's Facebook page in January 2017.
Because this is the easiest way to reach all of you, whom I love....my sister, Rita Ooton Wall, passed away during a Sunday afternoon nap [June 25, 2017] today. She was very peaceful, and she looked like she was still napping, when I arrived. We are shocked, but relieved for her. She got to attend both of my retirement parties, had a wonderful time, and got to see many family and friends. I talked to her a couple of days ago, and she had a great visit with so many of you. We had planned on a sister-dinner next week, to celebrate our birthdays...my 65th and her 70th. She had gone to the mall yesterday to get my birthday gift. I haven't opened it. I also have hers. Please keep us in your prayers, and include special prayers for her special friend and nurse Vernita. They were very special friends, and she is so sad. I talked to her about how this is one of the hardest things for a nurse, but you have to get attached to some of your patients. It is our calling. Thank God for you Vernita! Thank God for all of you. ~ Pamela Ooton Gustin Perryman
The following is Rita's obituary from Brintlinger's site:
Born: July 1, 1947
Place of Birth: Decatur, IL
Death: June 25, 2017
Place of Death: Decatur, IL
Rita Jean Wall, 69, of Decatur, IL, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Imboden Gardens, Decatur, IL.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Rita was born July 1, 1947, in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Scotty G. and Dorothy V. (Elliott) Ooton. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a 1965 graduate of MacArthur H.S. Rita worked at Decatur Public Schools for 38 years as a bookkeeper. She was a former director and member of the South Illinois Association of Educational Office Personnel.
She is survived by her sister Pamela (Larry) Perryman of Decatur; nieces Jacqueline Ruscin of Hendersonville, TN, Tracy (Brian) Cole of Menasha, WI, Kimberly Beck of Sullivan, IL, Paulette Ooton of Springfield, IL; nephews Scotty G. Ooton III of Decatur, Brent Ooton of South Dakota, Paul Ooton of Morton, IL; several great nieces and nephews; and special friend at Imboden Gardens, Vernetta Perry.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Scotty G. Ooton, Jr.