Rita G. Reffuse

January 13, 1926March 7, 2019

Rita G. Reffuse, 93, passed away peacefully in her home, where she resided with her grandson John Bruce, his wife Heather, and her great granddaughter Kayla Martin, on Thursday March 7th, 2019 after a brief battle with Leukemia. She was surrounded by family and her amazing caregivers from Solaris Hospice. Rita was born January 13th, 1926 in Hiawassee, GA to the late Edgar Hunter and Mattie Davenport. She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Reffuse, her brother James T. Nelson, and her sister Betty Jean Hawk.

She was born and raised in Hiawassee, GA. She attended Cosmetology School and was a hairdresser for many decades, as well as being an Instructor. Later in life, she worked for Fieldstone Inn as the Office Manager until her retirement. She was a member of Berea Baptist Church in Dahlonega, GA for many years before moving to Colorado in 2014. Rita was a devout Baptist who read her bible and studied devotionals daily. Even after moving away, her Church family in Georgia continued to support her from afar. She was also an avid gardener and lover of birds and flowers. Every Spring she had a beautiful array of flowers in her yard.

She is also survived by her daughter, Sandra Lee Bruce of Colorado. Her son, Walter Smith of Gastonia, NC. Her grandson Nathan Smith and his wife Sheryl of Clover, SC. Her niece Valerie (Val) Craig and her husband John (Pep) of Stone Creek, OH. Her niece, Rhonda Mitchell of Spiro, OK. Rita also leaves behind a nephew, numerous great nieces, several great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Rita was known for donating to various charities that were near and dear to her heart. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice if you feel so inclined.


  • Sandra Lee Bruce, Daughter
  • Walter Smith, Son
  • John (Heather) Bruce, Grandson
  • Nathan (Sheryl ) Smith, Grandson
  • Valerie (John) Craig, Niece
  • Rhonda Mitchell, Niece
  • Paul Reffuse, Husband
  • Edgar Hunter, Father
  • Mattie Davenport, Mother
  • James T. Nelson, Brother
  • Betty Jean Hawk, Sister
  • Rita also leaves to cherish her memory a nephew, numerous great nieces, several great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.


  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 15, 2019

Rita G. Reffuse

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Jackie Shuler

March 14, 2019

I loved Rita so very much. She was a blessing to me and my husband, She was such a pistol, one day at church, our pastor walked by us in a hurry, he spoke to my husband and continued on, Rita looked at my husband and said, Harry, can you see me? He said yes and she said, good I thought I was invisible! That was our Rita. She delighted in seeing new things, we took her with us most places we went, it seemed odd to turn around and not see her in the back seat, and still does. She would say Honey... and I knew I was going to hear something good. She taught me to can about 10 years ago, she gave Harry Paul's work gloves and that was quite a gift, and he still wears them. She was a wonder!
We will miss her terribly, but I know that she is in compleete bliss in Heaven, with her Jesus and her Paul. She and Betty are talking up a storm and they can hear each other!
So many things I could say about this beautiful soul, she loved people as The Lord commanded and she loved the Lord.

See you later precious friend!

Jill Borden

March 13, 2019

In the mountains of GA/NC border, one beautiful fall Thanksgiving day, building a porch with Maw, eating left overs from our jobs Thanksgiving dinner. Was a good dinner, and an awesome day talking and working with Maw. I remember her look, "the look", I remember her laugh, I remember her advice. I look forward to a reunion in heaven. Love you Rita, Big ole Hug, Jill

Cindy Stringer

March 12, 2019

Going to her house in can’t spell I know but cannot spell it.every Friday night goin to singing this was every weekend it was the best time ever. I grew up and I missed my friend got back in touch with her after a divorce and remarried that made all the difference in the world it want like old time then I found out she was in Dahlonega and made friend again. She-was so much fun I remember bowling I never could get the swing of it that’s what happens when I get old I can remember but cannot write it down Ioved her so muchword are not enough. She will be missed but I know she is now at rest in the arms of God