Rita Annette Varner

April 16, 1943June 15, 2017

Rita Annette Varner, 74, passed away on June 15, 2017. She was born on April 16, 1943 in Richland Center, WI. Rita moved to Phoenix, AZ as a child, but she always kept Richland Center in her heart. She spent her life dedicated to her family and always put others first. She was kind-hearted, thoughtful and giving to all of those she loved. She was the beloved wife of the late Carl Lynn Varner, devoted mother of Chris (Kim) Varner and Shawn (Noelle) Varner; proud grandmother of her four grandchildren: Kelsey (23), Cole (17), Shelby (17) and Sydney (13); also a dear sister to Peggy Coleman of Rimrock, AZ. After Rita and Carl married in 1964, they raised their family in Glendale, AZ where she stayed until moving to Gilbert, AZ in 2012 to be closer to her sons and grandchildren. Funeral services will begin Thursday, June 22 at 9:30 AM preceded by a visitation at 9 AM at Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery in Scottsdale.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 22, 2017
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rita Annette Varner

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June 24, 2017

Rita always came with Steve & Nancy---always complimented me on my earrings matching my outfits----I missed her when she moved and was sorry to learn of her health struggles and of her passing. I miss you Rita..
Peggy Anderson ( Sundance Wranglers line dancing group.).

D. Romans 15:33 Andrews

June 22, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Kelli Miller

June 21, 2017

When Rita and Carl got married, I was very young, maybe 7. For me, she was like a fairy princess because she was so beautiful. She was very kind and nice to me, inviting me to spend the night at their new house, and making sure that I had fun every minute! Carl and Rita also took me camping and fishing many times and I had a wonderful experience. Her true character really showed when she agreed to be a co-leader with my mom for my Girl Scout Troop! What an awesome lady! All the girls loved her, especially me! Miss you Aunt Rita! Thank you for all your kindness. See you in the heavens some day and we'll have a good laugh!
Love, Kelli

Larry & Claudia McDaniel

June 20, 2017

Rita was a very kind person....always a pleasure to visit with when we were in Arizona. We will miss her very much! Our thoughts and prayers are with our son-in-law, Shawn and his brother Chris and their families.

Peggy Coleman

June 20, 2017

The most thoughtful, giving person I have ever known. Rita, my sister, you will always be with me in my heart

Donna McBride

June 20, 2017

My thoughts are prays are with you and your family Chris.

Barrie Cook

June 19, 2017

My thoughts are with my second cousins Chris and Shawn during this difficult time, as well as Aunt Peggy and her family. I'll always remember Aunt Rita with love as I think fondly of family get-togethers and hear stories told by my mom of their childhood as best friends and cousins. Love, Barrie

Steve Anderson

June 19, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear of my cousin Rita passing but, from what I've heard about her recent health problems, I know for certain she is feeling a whole lot better now. She was a very dear cousin and I always loved her. She will surely be missed by all who knew her. I LOVE YOU RITA. RIP

Ginny Jones

June 19, 2017

Rita has been in my life since I was nine months old. We were together often as little girls and she was my maid of honor in my wedding. As adults we did lots of reminiscing. I'm going to miss my cousin.