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Rita Kaye Vogts, 61, of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on August 22, 2021, at her home surrounded by family.
Rita was born on June 29, 1960, to Lyle and Dorothy (Wallace) Hardisty, at St. Johns Hospital in Salina. At the age of one, Rita’s family moved to McPherson where Rita attended grade school, Jr high school and graduated from McPherson High School in 1978. After graduating, Rita met the love her life, Brad, while they were working on the tractor line at Moridge Manufacturing. They were married on January 25, 1980, and of this union were three children, Kimberley, Ryan (deceased), and Lyle Daniel.
Rita was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years while her children went through school in Inman. Brad, Kim, and Daniel all had the love of playing ball so there were many summers when Rita was at the ball field 5-6 nights a week. Rita said this is where she got her flat butt from (ha ha). She was always running the kids to their activities and once both children were in school, she worked part-time in the kitchen at Pleasant View Nursing Home and then McPherson Middle School. In 2013, Rita when back to work full time at Moridge Manufacturing as a Machinist in the Machine Shop. She retired after 16 years at the start of the pandemic.
Rita enjoyed hosting gatherings and cooking for others. Many friends have learned how to make homemade biscuits and noodles from her, and the daycare kids always enjoyed her homemade sugar cookies that she made for each holiday. Rita enjoyed Christmas time and loved to have her grandchildren over to make gingerbread houses, and she would always have goodies for when they came over.
Rita is survived by husband, Brad, of the home, her daughter Kim (Chris), of Moundridge, her son, Dan, of the home, two grandchildren, Stephanie and Sophia, her sisters, Mary Long and Jan Eaves, both of McPherson, sister Sharon (Jerry) Hamilton, of Missouri, sister, Charlene Allenbach, of Moundridge, and many nieces and nephews that loved “Aunt Rita”. Preceding her in death were her parents, brother, Terry, and daughter Ryan Michelle. Rita has been reunited with her baby girl.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 26th from 5-7pm at Stockham Family Funeral Home with family present. A private graveside service will be held for immediate family on August 27th at Mound Township Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Rita Kaye Vogts please visit our Sympathy Store.
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