Rita Ward, 58, of Piggott, Arkansas, passed away May 27, 2014, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.
She was born on September 30, 1955, in Nimmons, Ark., and was the daughter of the late L. H. and Loreta (Barker) Owen.
Rita accepted Christ at an early age and was of the Baptist belief. She worked 28 years at Rector Sportswear and was currently working as office manager at Piggott Community Hospital Home Health office.
She was united in marriage to Bobby Ward on May 8, 1998.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, L. H. and Loreta Owen; son, Michael Shane Vaughn and sister, Beverly Diane Owen.
Survivors include her husband Bobby Ward of Piggott, Ark.; stepchildren; Robby Ward and wife Tonya of Jackson, Mo., Kim White and husband Eric of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Mille Reed and husband David of St. Peters, Mo. and Tanoca Deen of Campbell, Mo.; sisters, Debbie Higginbottom and husband Herbert of Paragould, Ark. and Sheila Kilgore and husband Gordon of Smyrna, Tenn.; brothers, DeLane Owen and wife Renee of Nashville, Tenn. and Darwin Owen and wife Kim of LaVergne, Tenn.; grandchildren: James Robert and William Ward, Jake White, Michelle, Nathan, and Sarah Reed, and Elisha Deen; four nieces: Brittany Taylor of Smyrna, Tenn., Shelley Allison of Mountain Home, Ark., Ashley DeFries of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Brianna Trigleth of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two nephews, Eric Clark of Smyrna, Tenn. and James DeFries of Nashville, Tenn. and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Mark Book officiating. Burial is in Mitchell Cemetery in Greenway, Ark. Pallbearers are Gary Barker, Steve Barker, Danny Barker, Mick Barker, Jim Shaw and Michael Mack. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be held beginning at noon Saturday, and continuing until time of service at the funeral home.