Rita  Ash
Rita L. Ash, 89, of Loogootee, passed away at 2:35 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at the Emerald Place in Washington.
She was born Feb. 20, 1930, in Washington, Indiana, to the late Roy Dean and Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Holland.
Rita married John Ash on June 19, 1948, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 1983.
She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a past member of the St. Mary Barr Township Altar Society. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul and helped prepare funeral dinners for countless families.
Rita loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She liked to square dance and was a part of a card club. While her health allowed, she enjoyed traveling and taking bus trips.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John Ash; daughter Linda Hays; son Denny Ash; grandson Dustin Ash; brother Carol Holland; sister Marg Ash.
Rita is survived by her children, Tom (Anita) Ash of Washington, Pat (Sue) Ash of Montgomery, Tim (Becky) Ash of Washington, Bill (Nancy) Ash of Cannelburg, Marijo (Charlie) Kane of Washington; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brothers Dean (Shirley) Holland and Chris (Faye) Holland; sister-in-law Linda Holland; daughter-in-law Barb Ash; and son-in-law Warren Hays.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.
Condolences may be made online at www.blakefuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.
Published on January 20, 2020

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