Rita was born in Gurley, AL to Robert and Ola Ashburn. She spent much of her childhood caring for her younger brother as two older brothers were off to war. After high school she attended Florence State Teachers College, receiving her BS in Elementery Education. She worked many years as a teacher and secretary after which she cared for her aging mother. Rita is survived by a brother Bill Ashburn (Shirley); nieces Judy Nayman (Glen) and Allison Lynch (Scott). Nephews Jim Ashburn (Greta) and John Ashburn (Jennifer) and several Grand-nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her parents Robert and Ola and brothers Robert Edward, Cecil, and Virgil.
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