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Rita E. Colwell
Rita E. ColwellCrossRita E. Colwell, age 50 of Richwood, died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Riverside Methodist Hospital.  She was born June 30, 1960 in Galion to William and Jeanne (Totten) Jordan.  Her father preceded her in death, her mother survives in Ostrander.

On July 7, 1984 she married Charles “Chuck” Colwell in Delaware and he survives in Richwood.  She is also survived by two sons, William C. (Jamie) Colwell, Richwood; Sean E. Colwell, Richwood; two daughters, Britney R. Colwell, Richwood; Mary Kay Colwell, Richwood; two brothers, Clayton (Barb) Jordan, Medina; Wayne (Joleen) Jordan Delaware; three sisters, Wilma Smart; Wanda Jordan and Anna Lu (Lonnie) Deel, all of Ostrander; grandchildren, Eulaela and Charlie Colwell, Richwood; several nieces and nephews; best friend Dawanna Coleman and future Son in Law Jeffrey Gallant.

Rita’s love for the Lord was evident throughout her life. She was a beloved member of the Vineyard Church of Marysville.  Rita’s unending selflessness was shown through her occupations in life where she worked as a bus driver in Delaware for Alpha Industries for the mentally challenged for the last 6 years. Prior to that, she was the top server at the former Brown Jug Restaurant in Delaware for over 15 years.  Rita also drove the bus for the Special Olympics in Delaware County.  Rita enjoyed gardening and was an excellent cook.  One of her favorite activities was constructing puzzles and she enjoyed Gospel music.  Above all, Rita’s love for God and her family always took top priority in her life. Rita Colwell will be forever missed but will be awaiting her family in the kingdom of heaven.

Funeral services will be Monday, September 27, 2010 at 1:00 PM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood, where friends may call from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday. Pastor Tony Pfarr will officiate. Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery.  

Memorial gifts may be made to Lifeline of Ohio (www.lifelineofohio.org), 770 Kinnear Road, Suite 200, Columbus, OH  43212.

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#1 from: Clayton Jordan
Medina, OH
Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:23 PM

To Chuck, Bill & Jamie, Sean, Britney, Mary and the babies my sincerest and heartfelt condolonces are offered to you in the memory of Dear Rita. In my mind there are no explainations for happenings like this, unfortunately it is just a part of life. Remember her every day with joy, she was the Queen of your hearts.

#2 from: Barbara
Delaware Ohio
Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Im sorry for your loss of Rita. I knew her through my son who went to alpha. May God be with you and your family at this time.

#3 from: Wanda Jordan
Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 9:01 PM

To me beloved sister and best verbal sparing partner, my heart aches in the place you hold there. God is giving me strength to refill it with love in the knowledge that you are so blessed as to be at his side with Dad. Watch over us as we toil each day on our way to meet again Dear Sister!

#4 from: Pam Studer
Mansfield, OH
Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 11:03 PM

We are so very sorry for your shocking, sudden loss. May God grant you peace and strength during this painful time. Our family will be praying for all of you.
God bless.
Todd, Pam, Ben & Reid Studer (Aunt Emma's youngest daughter)

#5 from: Eric Tanner
Wiesbaden, Germany
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 1:55 AM

To the Colwell Family (My second Family). I wanted to express my condolences for the loss of Rita. I'm so sorry that I can not be there, but I want you all to know that Rita held a special place in my heart. She was like a mother to me, and didn't hesitate to give me guidance in life and show me how to be a better person. I owe a part of who I am to her. I want you all to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, Chuck, Bill, Jamie, Sean, Brittany, Jeff, Mary. God bless, and rest in peace Rita.

#6 from: Lisa Jordan
Medina, OH
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Uncle Chuck, Bill & Jamie, Sean, Britney, Mary,  Laela and Charlie,
We offer our most heartfelt condolences in this time of sorrow. We lend you our strength and you've been in our thoughts and prayers in this incredibly difficult time. Aunt Rita was an amazing woman and her love and spirit will carry on in each of you and in the many lives she touched. With love, Kelly, Lisa and the boys

#7 from: Barry, Cathy & Kelly Moneysmith
Galion, Ohio
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Rita was a wonderful person and we were privileged to know her. May God help you through these tough times.

#8 from: Lisa Morrison
Vineyard Church of Marysville
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 11:04 AM

May the Lord bless you and keep you as you go through this time in your life.  We will keep you close in prayer.

#9 from: Abby Davis
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Sean & Family,
 Sending my condolences and prayers to you at this difficult time. Words cannot express the pain you all must be feeling. Thinking of you, and praying during this difficult time.

#10 from: Renee Collins-Kovach
Strongsville, Ohio
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Dear Family, I was friends with your mother and her sister Wilma in my young adult life. I have very fond memories of your mother, as she was a wonderful woman. God Bless you in your time of grief and know that heaven has welcomed it's newest angel. May peace be with you.
Renee Collins-Kovach

#11 from: Linda (Bechtel) Hardwick
Eudora, KS
Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 6:28 PM

We are so sorry for you loss. We are praying for you.

Linda and John

#12 from: Douglas and Kay Jordan and family
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM

To Rita's husband and children, and to her mother and sisters and bothers, so sorry for your loss,thinking of you.

#13 from: Douglas and Kay Jordan and family
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 7:03 PM

To Rita's husband and family,and to her mother and sisters and brothers, thinking of you, and so sorry i misspelled before, love to all

#14 from: The Curt Grau Family
Duncan SC
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 8:05 PM

To all of Rita's Family,
We are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you. Wish we could be there, but we do share in your sorrow. Curt remembers a lot of fun and happy times growing up with Rita.

#15 from: Nancy  and David Wiley
Richwood, Ohio
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 9:52 PM

I was so shocked to read about Rita.  As Mary's teacher I became friends with the whole family.  I have some great memories of the good times we had during those home visits with Mary.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  God give you strength at this difficult time.  Mrs. Wiley

#16 from: Pam Popovich
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Chuck, Bill,Britt,Sean and Mary Kay, Ritas sudden departure from our world has left us all in shock. You will hear from anyone that was lucky enough to have known her how wonderful and loving she was. Her smile and quirky sence of humor are something I will always remember. I can only say that she raised you kids to be strong and confident and she is not worried about you getting through these days ahead.  
   She will be the most beautiful angle. And I am sure she'll be runnin' the show.
  God Bless you all. He blessed us with Rita.  

#17 from: Becky LaRue
Richwood, OH
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 11:00 PM

To Bill, Sean, Britney, and Mary,

I am so sorry for all of you in the loss of your mom.  Hold fast to the faith your mother taught you and hang on to all of the wonderful memories you have with her.  God will watch over you.  Know you are in my thoughts and prayers!
Mrs. LaRue

#18 from: Mark, Tyna and Shanna Milcetich
Charleston SC
Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Dear Chuck and Family,

We are so very sorry to hear of Rita's unexpected death.
We all just wanted you to know how very special she was to all of us.
We were all blessed to have her as a co-worker at "The Jug" for the 13 years that we worked there together.
Rita was always joyful and compassionate, and the love of her Lord and Savior always shined through her beautiful eyes.
She always had an easy going spirit about her and was quick to make a joke or a funny face(crossing her eyes and sticking out her tongue) when things at work would get stressful!!!
Shanna shared the memory of how Rita was always there for her and supported her through her decisions of going to college and law school and how she always shared her witness of Jesus' love with her.
Chuck, she loved you dearly. Kids, she loved you endlessly and was so very proud of each and every one of you. Sibs, she loved each one of you and talked of you often.
Wilma, a special hug for you as you were the only sib I had the pleasure to meet in person.

We pray for your peace and strength in this sorrow.
You know in your heart that Rita is sitting at the feet of Jesus,basking in the light of His glory and love and we pray that you draw comfort from that knowledge.

The Milcetich Family

#19 from: Jeanelle Green-Mendenhall
Columbus, OH
Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Dear Colwell Family,
I am so sorry for the tragic loss.  I grew up knowing Rita at the Jug where my mom was a waitress also.  Rita was such a wonderful women who could always make me laugh.  Especially when I was old enough to be a waitress she would always make us laugh or watch her play jokes on people.  I will miss her so much and I hope you all are hanging in there.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.  Brittany....if you ever want to talk my email is attached to this letter.  Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeanelle Green-Mendenhall

#20 from: karla bergeron moose
plain city,OH
Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 1:02 PM

To the colwells family,friends and loved ones.Im shocked and saddend to hear of ritas passing.I worked with rita at the brown jug back in the late 80s.I always thought she was one of the sweetist,nicest girls id ever had the pleasureof meeting.She talked of her family often.And we both shared daughters named britney.She was a very compassionate soul.When my husband passed in 1989 she came to the viewing and was there for me.She always seemed to do and say the right things.I ran in to her in Delaware a year or so ago and was so happy to see her and catch up on are lifes.She will forever hold a special place in my heart.May your warm memories give you comfort at this time of sorrow.GOD BLESS

#21 from: Max &Marilyn Hartsock
Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 4:35 PM

 So very sorry we could not make it there today.Rita was a very special person and will definitely be missed.All of our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Max and Marilyn

#22 from: Mark Jordan and family
Richmond, Ky
Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Sorry to hear about my cousins sudden passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.  God Bless.

#23 from: Jane & Les Pierce
Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 8:43 PM

You and your family are in our prayers, we found out Sunday evening. We send our deepest sympathy, friends always jane & les

#24 from: Robert & Karina Jordan
Vanceburg, KY
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 5:39 AM

Deepest Sympathy to Rita's Family. While time has been short, Rita's faith has prepared her for her final destination in heaven where she has meet her savior and loved ones who have gone on before. Our prayers are with you till you meet Rita again and live through all eternity were you will say "Thank God, I'm finally home".

#25 from: Courtney Jordan
Medina, OH
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 7:56 AM

Dear Colwells:

It was such a shock to hear of Aunt Rita's passing, but I'll always remember her wonderful smile and laugh.  She will live on in the hearts and minds of us all.

#26 from: Cherri (Fraker) Herriott
Angola, IN
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 8:36 AM

My heart aches for your family.  I knew Rita well and always thought she was a wonderful person and friend. I knew her through school and Wilma and I were very close growing up.

I always remember the smile on her face when we would go into the Jug to eat.  She always made sure she was our waitress every Wednesday night during the fair.  All our family would be there that night and everyone just loved her!!!  We all thought she was the best!!!

Our prayers and hugs are with you and we know she is in a better place.  Always remember the fun and good times.  I lost my brother 5 years ago.  I still miss him very much every day.

Sorry we can't be there for you.  We have just moved and Reg is in a new position with his company, but we are with you spiritually and love you all dearly!

Reg and Cherri

#27 from: Laura Welsh
Delaware, Ohio
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

My deepest condolences. I will never forget her laugh.
Laura Welsh and family

#28 from: Beverly(Roope)Barr
540 Catherine Ave. Marion, Ohio 43302
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I will always remember Ritas sense of humor, her laugh and her smile! My heart is with you today Chuck, may God bless you and your family!

#29 from: Susan (Reece) Kelley Robinson
Delaware, Ohio
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 11:36 AM

To those closest to Rita:
I went to school with Rita at Radnor and BV. She was a dear, sweet friend. I'm so thankful that she touched my life. I just learned of her death today and am so sad; I can't imagine the grief all of you are feeling. I'm glad to know that Rita is in Heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ, so for her, I am happy. It's for those who are left behind that I'm sad. I pray that the same faith that took Rita to her Savior will comfort all of you at this time and in the days, weeks, months and years to come.
May His peace that surpasses all understanding be yours,
Susan (Reece) Kelley Robinson

#30 from: Thelma Kaufmann
Bunker Hill, WV
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Chuck and children,
I am very sorry to hear of this great loss for you. My prayers go out to all of you and hope God will be merciful in his comfort at this time for you and the family. Rita was someone you would meet and never forget her generosity and kindness. God bless you all and the memories of her stay forever in your hearts.

#31 from: Linda Morrissey
20 East William St. Marengo, Ohio
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Chuck, You and your family are in my prayers today! God Bless you all!!!!! May Rita rest in peace!

#32 from: The Dixon Family
Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Colwell Family,

Just know that all of our thoughts and prayers are with you in this heartfelt time. We will be thinking of all of you every night in our prayers...god bless

#33 from: Steve Hearst
Delaware Ohio
Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Wayne and Joleen I am sorry to hear about your loss. I hope we can help in some way. If so we will be right next door.
We are all looking forward to the promise at Isaiah 25:8 to be fulfilled, "death will be swallowed up forever".

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