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Rita "Ritie" Bell

June 19, 2018

Rita “Ritie” M. Bell, age 84, of Hays, KS, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Hays Medical Center. Ritie was born on February 5, 1934 in Catharine, KS to Alphonse and Albina (Schukman) Wolf.

She was an Environmental Specialist with Fort Hays State University for almost 30 years. Ritie was a senior companion that volunteered and help facilitate activities at nursing homes. She enjoyed babysitting for her family, friends, neighbors and was always helpful and generous of giving herself to help others. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and Daughters of Isabella, both of Hays. Most of all, Ritie had a special bond with her family and especially with her niece, Jackie Eakin.

Survivors include her sister, Darlene Rogers of Hays; niece, Jackie Eakin and her husband Shannon of Hays; great-niece, Cassie Johnson; two great-nephews, Cody Johnson & Brandon Kahrs two great-great-nieces, Emry & Jazmine and two great-great-nephews, Lucas & Rowen.

She is preceded in death by her parents; nephew, Joey Jacobs; husband, Leonard “Doc” Bell and a brother-in-law, Charlie Rogers.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1805 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Hays.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 5-8:00 PM and on Saturday from 9-9:45 AM both at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS.

A parish vigil service will be held on Friday at 6:30 PM followed by a Daughters of Isabella rosary service at 7:00 PM all at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made in Ritie’s loving memory to the church. Donations can be left or mailed to the funeral home.

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