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Rita Lillian McDaniel

June 30, 1943July 5, 2019

Rita Lillian Oehms McDaniel, age 76, passed away from a long battle with Alzheimer’s on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Merry wood Lodge, a nursing home in Millbrook, AL. She was born to Clinton Henry Oehms Sr. and Clara Mae Cottrell in Biloxi, MS and was the oldest of 7 siblings: Glenn, Marie, Clara, Johnny, Clinton "Buddy" Jr., & Delphine. Rita worked in the field of accounting and bookkeeping. She earned an Associates Degree in Mississippi and her field took her to many places. When Rita was not working, she spent her free time baking cakes and crocheting. Rita enjoyed baking cakes for special events of friends and family. Even if she stayed up all night decorating a cake she never complained because she enjoyed helping and being a part of the process. Her joy came from seeing others happy. That is why almost everyone in the family has an afghan or doll personally crocheted by Rita. She had such a loving nature that if anyone wanted to learn to crochet, she would stop what she was doing and show them step-by-step. Her niece Kyla learned the skill of crocheting from her Aunt Rita and still actively crochets today. Rita will be deeply missed. She was a sister, aunt, Mother, grandma, and great grandma. She leaves behind her son Joseph Whalen, and 4 daughters, Annette Whalen, Maria Clark, Vicki Harp Neelley, and Crystal "Christy" Harp. She was a grandma to 12 grandchildren and a great grandma to 11 great grandchildren. There will be a Celebration of Life for Rita on July 5, 2020 in Mississippi. The details are TBD. The family would like to extend their gratitude to everyone who assisted in the care taking of Rita especially for their loving tenderness and patience.

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Barbara Whalen Heisler

July 21, 2019

To my beautiful & kind sister in law Rita Lillian: I wish I had the chance to know you better as an adult. I will always remember your smile & laughter. May we meet in heaven. My heartfelt sympathy to your family & friends. Love Barbara Whalen Heisler...

Barbara Whalen Heisler

July 21, 2019

To family & friends- May love bring you comfort and time bring you peace... Love Aunt Barbara Whalen Heisler & Bud Heisler.

Belinda McGovern

July 21, 2019

Rita was more than a cousin to me. Even though we were miles apart, when we would visit or call you were always there for me. All I had to do was call. In June 1967 I graduated from high school. I took a train to Montgomery and stayed with you 3 weeks. I wanted to stay longer . Joey, Nettie and Maria were little. They were my little sidekicks.
To her beautiful daughters, her handsome son ,her grandkids and great grands, I pray that you find comfort in her memories. She truly loved each one of you. To her siblings, some of my fondest memories are with Rita and all of you growing up. I keep y’all in my prayers.
Rita, I will always love you and will meet you on the other side.

Rita Annette Whalen

July 19, 2019

Mother’s are a blessing to be treasured forever. I will forever treasure my Mom, and cherish our special memories. She loved all of her children and taught us so much. My fondest memories are of when we worked together. It all started with paper routes, to David’s Novelties, to the Georgia Football Games in Athens, GA. We always had so much fun and I loved having her attention to myself (which wasn’t very often). She was very creative, intelligent, beautiful, and fun to be with. Always a good grandmother to my son and his children. As she leaves her legacy here with us, she will be deeply missed and forever remembered by so many. I love my Momma dearly and I thank The Lord for the gift of having her in my life.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY