Rita Head

April 16, 1946January 8, 2014

Entered into Heaven on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Rita was born on April 16, 1946 in Newark, Ohio. Her parents were Clarence Roe Wilkin and Helen Barringer Wilkin. Rita grew up in Newark and graduated from Newark High School. In high school she was in the band, the orchestra, and was a majorette. She was a talented musician and played the piano and several other instruments. She won a state gold medal in a bassoon competition. Upon high school graduation, Rita enrolled in Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Following nursing school she attended Ohio State University. Rita moved to Dallas in 1969 were she met and married the love of her life, Dr. William C. Head. She is survived by Bill, son Brice and his wife Anne, daughter Gretchen Kern and her husband Don. She leaves behind four beautiful grandchildren and three faithful canine friends. Rita was a world traveler having been on six continents, a gourmet cook, a master gardener and a lover of animals. She was a bible scholar and taught a number of bible studies during her lifetime. She was a member of Church of the Incarnation where she served on the alter guild and played in the bell choir. Rita was a Hospice volunteer and recently, she was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society assisting patients undergoing cancer treatments. Her favorite charities were Operation Kindness, Patriot Paws and Wounded Warriors. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the preceding charities. Also, the family would like to extend thanks to all of the people from Hospice for their care. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204. The family will receive guests following the service at the Crescent Club, 200 Crescent Court, Dallas, Texas 75201. Online condolences may be made at


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Chris Vaia

January 20, 2014

Dear Heard Family, Rita and I were classmates from Mound Elementary to Newark High. She was always the nicest person to me as a very shy boy in elementary and she encouraged me to talk to others and sing. I always credit her with opening up my world to communication. After 30 years in the Army and now working with helping military find jobs and, yes, even with Hospice and Nursing Homes and Children Cancer wards - The Hallelujah Balloon Brother - was being developed from a very pretty and wonderful Rita back in our Fourth Grade. As we know, we will never why she was brought back to Heaven, but we know where she is. My Sally and I send you our deepest condolences from South Korea where we will continue to honor her life by Helping Others in the Name of Jesus. Chris and Sally Vaia BRIDGER46@HOTMAIL.COM

Tracey Chia

January 17, 2014

As my best friend's mom, Mrs. Head never hesitated to open her home to me. Her kindness, warmth and generosity will not be forgotten.

Jim Hopson

January 15, 2014

To the Head and and Kern families. Rita was a special person to us and will be dearly missed, always kind and gentle-hearted and a pleasure to be around. I appreciate the time that I had to know her and assist her over the last few years.
Jim Hopson

Chris Kribs

January 14, 2014

Dear Bill, Brice, and Gretchen,
I am so very sorry for your loss, and so grateful to have known Rita (and all of you) back when you were on Queensview. Her unfailing warmth, kindness, generosity and encouragement brightened every day I visited your house. I pray you will all find peace and healing in the days ahead. Much love to you all.

January 14, 2014

Dear Bill,
Jim and I were sorry to learn of Rita's death. Our thougts and prayers are with you.
Nancy Shelton

Thomas Barrett

January 14, 2014

I'd like to share my deepest sympathy to the Head and Kern Families. Aunt Rita will always have a special place in our hearts. She was a loving and devoted Aunt to Amy and Wendy. We cherished our visits with her and I'm glad that our girls and nephews got to know her kindness and experience her bright personality!

Wendy Lindskog

January 13, 2014

Rita will be deeply missed for her love and guidance, her infectious laugh and sparkling eyes, her incredibly generous nature and simple kindness when it was needed but not asked for. She was my Aunt and my friend. She was a guiding light all of my life - sometimes in the background and sometimes in the forefront- but always there. I was blessed to have her in my life and the void she leaves behind cannot be filled.
My thoughts prayers are with the rest of those that loved her as well.

Bob Allen

January 13, 2014

Bill and Bryce,
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

John Cattlett

January 13, 2014

Bill, Hazel and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We recall meeting Rita at one of Socrates Pappas' parties and enjoyed visiting with her.

Kelly & Tom Mallory

January 13, 2014

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Rita's family, she was a beautiful person and will be greatly missed. We pray God will comfort all the family.
Kelly and Tom Mallory