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Rita Worden

Rita K. Worden (Wood)

Friday, January 1st, 1943 - Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Rita K. Worden, 77, of Yankton, SD passed away Monday, October 5, 2020 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
A Celebration of Life for immediate family and close friends will be held at 4:00pm, Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Masks will be required. Please practice social distancing.
Rita was born January 1, 1943 to Willard and Martha (Walraven) Wood in Yankton, SD. She grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School. She then attended the University of South Dakota and received her Nursing Degree in 1974. She was employed in clerical work with Dr. Saoi from 1969 to 1974. Rita later worked as Nursing Home Administrator in the Geriatrics Unit at the Human Services Center in Yankton for over 30 years, where she and her beloved Standard Poodle, Stosh, showed up every day to provide love, care, and joy for the residents. Rita recognized the impact of pet therapy before it was a mainstream service.
Rita married Jack Worden on April 6, 1963 in South Sioux City, Nebraska. To this union was born two daughters, Regan, and Robin. They resided in Sioux City until 1968 when they moved to rural Gayville where they farmed until Jacks death. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton. She enjoyed remodeling, decorating, and spending time in her flower garden. She loved animals.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant siblings Gerald and Bonnie, husband Jack, grandson Bryce Huether, Uncle Carroll and Aunt Gustava Anderson, also her special dogs Stosh and Miss Furby.
Rita is survived by her daughters; Robin (Bill) Huether of Viborg, Regan (Matt) Luken of Yankton, granddaughter Jenny (Mike) Hanson and great-granddaughters Madelyn & Charlotte, Jack (Dana) Huether, grandchildren Matthew, Thea and Brie Luken.
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  • Service

    Sunday, October 11th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Sunday, October 11th, 2020 4:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
    *Masks will be required. Please practice social distancing.
  • Interment

    Meckling Cemetery
    Meckling, SD
    MECKLING, SD 57069
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Linda Slowey

Posted at 11:28am
I worked with Rita many years ago but I have always held fond memories of her compassion and loving nature. She was a wonderful nurse and mentor. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Carolyn Palu

Posted at 10:32am
My deepest sympathy to your family. Rita was a great boss of whom I learned a great deal. She had a soft spot for those who were less fortunate and had a caring heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you


Posted at 10:05am
Robin & Reagen: so very sorry on the loss of your mother. Prayers and peace to both of you and your families. With Sympathy
Ginny Loof

Jan Bertsch

Posted at 11:49am
My deepest sympathies to Rita's family on the loss of your special Mom and my dear friend. We worked together for several years and one thing that I will always remember about her was her "lists"!!! I believe she had a list for her lists!! I feel so badly about the discomfort she endured for these past years, but we all know that she is "Pain Free" now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carl and Jean Ribando

Posted at 08:12pm
We extend our heartfelt sympathy at the passing of our friend Rita. She was such a welcoming and warm person.....she never forgot us, tho we seldom were able to see her. We pray for all of you in your loss and will continue to pray for the repose of her soul, tho with all the physical problems she had to endure, one can imagine her already in heaven. May God comfort you, Robin and Regan and all who knew and loved her.

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