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Rita Jean Pendleton

September 3, 1935 July 26, 2019
Rita Jean Pendleton
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Rita Jean Pendleton of Dayton, Oregon, passed away on Friday, July 26th, 2019, surrounded by her family and their love.

Rita was born in Waukegan, Illinois, on September 3rd, 1935, to James & Loverne Neish. In 1943, Rita moved with her family to Phoenix, Arizona.
As a teenager, she was a Bible camp counselor and earned the nickname ‘Mighty Mouse’ for her athletic ability playing softball. She was small, fast, and strong.

Rita graduated from Phoenix Christian High School in 1953. In 1954, Rita married her high school sweetheart, Nathan Pendleton. Nate and Rita moved to Oregon and the Dayton area in 1967.

While raising her two children, Jim and Cindy, she worked at Mrs. Smith’s Pie Company in McMinnville, and for ten years was the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President and General Manager.

Rita spent time traveling, enjoying wildlife, fishing, camping, and taking trips to the coast. Rita was a great cook, baker, and canned fruits, vegetables and jams as a hobby.
Rita was also an artist and used her art talent in a Chalk-Talk ministry, giving many presentations in area churches.

Rita is survived by her husband of over 65 years, Nate Pendleton; sister, Nancy Jenkins; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Debbie Pendleton; daughter, Cindy Pendleton; and her eight grandchildren: Leah Sykora; James Pendleton; Lindsay Patrick-Davies; Jill Pendleton; Joelgary Pendleton; Ian Davies; Jonathan Pendleton; Jonah Pendleton; and four great-grandchildren. Rita was also well loved by her many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to ‘Samaritan’s Purse’ an International Christian Relief Organization care of Macy & Son Funeral Directors. A viewing will take place at Macy & Son on Friday, August 16th from 12:00-7:00pm. Services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum on Saturday, August 17th, at 11:00am.

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12:00 PM 8/16/2019 12:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/16/2019 7:00:00 PM
Macy & Son Funeral Directors

135 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

Macy & Son Funeral Directors
135 NE Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States





11:00 AM 8/17/2019 11:00:00 AM
Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery

8000 North Hwy 99W
McMinnville, OR 97128

Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery
8000 North Hwy 99W McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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