Rita Maxine Woodyard

Rita Maxine Woodyard, 78, of Little Hocking, Ohio, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, peacefully with her family by her side.

She was born on January 29, 1943, in Belpre, Ohio, the daughter of the late Elza B. and Eleanor Freshour Dewees. She graduated from Belpre High School in 1960.

Rita is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ward B. Woodyard. Their journey began as a blind date to watch fireworks at the Washington Monument. They were married on March 26, 1965, in Alexandria, Va. She is also survived by three children; Sandra (Charlie) Whitehair of little Hocking, OH, Brenda (Kevin) Kirkbride of Whipple, Ohio, and Brian (Jennifer) Woodyard of Belpre, Ohio. Two grandsons; Garrett Whitehair and Dylan Kirkbride.

Family meant everything to Rita. Her most memorable times were family get togethers, family beach vacations, and being a grandma. She had a talent for cooking. Homemade noodles and cutout cookies were her specialty. Just ask her grandsons.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Maynard and Eddie Dewees.

In our family, we never say goodbye … it’s always “See ya, Love ya.”

Services will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre with Pastor Tony Foreman officiating. Burial will follow in the Rockland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.