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Rita Kay Fahrlender

February 20, 1951January 12, 2021
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Rita Kay Fahrlender passed from this life on January 12, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her father Vern Riggenbach, Brother Rex Riggenbach and sister Teresa Cottrell.

She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 27 years, Larry Fahrlender; Daughters, Jennifer Robinson of Fort Worth, TX and Jessica (Tim) Sladek of North Richland Hills, TX; Mother Violet Riggenbach of Paulding, OH; Brothers, Jerry (Pam) Riggenbach of Paulding, OH and Tom (Carol) Riggenbach of Martinez, GA; Sisters, Shirley (Mike) Graham of Hudson Oaks, TX and Natalie (Dan) Garrick of Danbury, CT. She is also survived by her twelve grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Rita was born February 20, 1951 in Celina, OH. She graduated from Paulding High School and attended Harding University in Searcy, AR. She moved to Fort Worth, TX in 1970 and began her career in the Insurance industry and raising her two children. She excelled in Tupperware sales and teaching children’s bible school classes. Along the way, she became known as the “cookie lady” and celebrated every occasion with her decorated special treats. She had many talents and gifts such as cooking meals for those in need, quilting, knitting, and sewing. She was dedicated to decorating her home for the seasons as well as her bulletin boards at church. She had a heart for children and the elderly and always had a smile to share with them. But of all her loves, her grandchildren and great grandchildren were where she loved to spend the most time. Her husband says she was the most supportive wife he could have ever had, although he could never convince her to move to “God’s country” in New Mexico.

She was greatly loved and will be missed by many. She left a legacy of faithful service to God for others to follow.

A memorial service will be live streamed at Laurel Land Funeral Home (Facebook page) on Tuesday, January 19th at 10 am. Burial will be at a later date at the National Cemetery in Dallas, TX.

Rita was an active member of Burleson Church of Christ and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burleson Church of Christ Day of Thanks and Giving.

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Sue Lemons

January 18, 2021

Rita was a beautiful person both inside and out. She will be missed by many for the inspirational LADY she was to anyone who knew her, but especially her husband Larry and their beautiful extended family.
I believe The Lord called her home to help with these trying times here on earth.
Our love to all,
Sue, Vicky, and family

Kay Rechnitzer

January 18, 2021

Rita was in my BSF group the last 2 years. She was so knowledgeable and could be counted on to provide Biblical history to our studies. Her love for the Lord was evident and we will miss her greatly.

Carolyn Anderson

January 17, 2021

Rita was a beautiful lady. She loved my cousin Larry so much and that endeared her to me. She was giving and generous with her time. She made the time to be loving and caring. She will be missed greatly.

Kristy Bobay

January 15, 2021

I called her Aunt Rita most my life and I remember how warm and inviting she was. She loved the people close to her and always made me feel unique. My heart breaks for my cousins Jennifer and Jessica but I know God has so much in store for her in heaven!!

Lorena Steffen

January 15, 2021

I always admired her, though I didn't see her too much, except at Mom Riggenbach's house, mainly at Christmases.
My deepest sympathy to her family. She was a lovely person.

Lorena Riggenbach Steffen

Linda Sue Davidson

January 13, 2021

Rita was the the kindest, most gracious of women. She was such a shining example of what it means to be a Christian woman. She was loved and admired by all who had the blessing of knowing her and will be missed by all.
My deepest condolences to Larry and family. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
In Christian love,
Linda Sue Davidson

Margaret Thrash

January 13, 2021

A most dedicated Christian lady admired and appreciated by all the cookie workers and children at VBS! She leaves a great void that cannot be filled. We appreciate you, too, Larry. Margaret Thrash”

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