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Rita Kay Walker

Rita Kay Walker


Rita Kay Walker, 79, of Sparta, IL; born on October 20, 1941 in Sparta, IL; passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021 in Sparta, IL.

Rita worked at Walmart in Sparta for over 20 years before retiring.  She loved her Walmart crew.  Rita had a sweet tooth and enjoyed a cold Pepsi or “strawberry sunda” from Dairy Queen any day of the week.  She enjoyed listening to old music and the Blues.  Rita was a kind hearted lady that loved her grandkids and great grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her first husband – Napolean Rowell; parents – Gwendolyn and Geraldine (Morrison) Walker; daughter – Michelle Hinton; brother – John Walker.

Rita is survived by four children  – Theresa (Timothy) Rowell of Belleville, IL, Laurie Rowell of Sparta, IL, Natalie Rowell of Sparta, IL and Scott Rowell of Sparta, IL; seven grandchildren – Calvin Hinton II of Nashville, IL, Marquies Rowell of Sparta, IL, Chase Rowell of Belleville, IL, Delance (Ashley) Rowell of Murphysboro, IL, Natalia Monroe of Sparta, IL, Ceonda Rowell of Belleville, IL and Olivia Rowell of Afton, MO; twenty-one great grandchildren; two brothers – Paul Walker of Naples, FL and Stevie (Wanda) Walker of Sparta, IL; three sisters – Mary Walker of Sparta, IL, Marie Smith of Sparta, IL and Roberta Walker of Sparta, IL.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Family and friends may attend the Church of God in Christ Jesus in Sparta on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Church of God in Christ Jesus in Sparta on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Ernest Shepard and guests officiating

Interment will be held at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements

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  1. Barbara (Wright) Boggs says:

    Remembering fond thoughts from our school days. So glad I saw her at our 60th class reunion. My sincere sympathy to all members of her family.
    Barbara (Wright) Boggs

  2. Dina Doolen says:

    My deepest condolences to all of the Rowell family.

  3. Peggy Morrison says:

    To the family of Rita kay, I’m sure this is a dark time but know Rita has no more pain.
    When I saw my cousin Rita kay, I would be greeted with that smile and hug.
    Norma and I can’t be there but know that our prayers are with you.
    Love to all.

  4. Kathy Boston says:

    I’m so sorry for the Family.Rita was the same every time you saw her,a kind straight forward women.She never took no bull either.Rita you will be missed… Gone but never forgotten😢❤

  5. Perry Brooks says:

    So sorry for the loss of your Mom, Rita K was a Sweet Lady,always enjoyed being around her, she would definitely speak her mind, and would end her rant with the word “Now” lol! Prayers for you all, remember the good times you had with your Mom, Love each other, like you never loved before, much love to you all!

  6. Linda Boston says:

    To the family of Ms. Rita Kay. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a Loving, kind, and caring person. She loved her family emendously! Rita was always smiling when she saw everyone she came in contact with. Thank you Ms. Rita for your loving friendship over the years. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. God Bless you Ms. Rita.
    Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

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