HOUSTON, Texas - Rita Joanne Lillard, was born to Kenneth and Janice (Stackhouse) Coker on August 1, 1956, in Hoisington, KS.
Rita married David LaMonte Lillard on March 03, 1974. They raised their two children, LaMonte & Virginia “Jenni”, in her home town of Hoisington, KS, where she worked in the nursing home rising in the ranks until she earned her Associates degree of Nursing from Barton County Community College and began work as a Registered Nurse. They later moved to Houston, TX, where David and his brother George started Discovery Systems Computer Company, and Rita worked as the primary book keeper, as well as continuing to work as a nurse. David was the love of her life, married for 47 years, they shared a strong Christian faith and they enjoyed many activities together, including traveling, going to restaurants, and attending the Airshow. Above all Rita whole heartedly loved her family, especially her two children and four grandchildren, and of course her animals. Her grandchildren loved her hugs, and the adventures they went on, even if it was just a trip out for ice cream. They loved her Easter baskets, and blowing bubbles together, and her cooking, especially her ham, baked beans, and deviled eggs.
She passed away on June 20, 2021, at 9:25 a.m. at the age of 64 being murdered, along with her daughter.
She is survived by her husband, David Lillard of the home; her son, LaMonte Lillard (Crystal) Katy, TX; her grandchildren, Anja, John, Clara, and Emma Lillard; her brothers, Keith Coker, Hoisington, KS, and Richard Coker (Deanna) Hutchinson, KS; her sisters, Cheryl Coker, Hutchinson, KS, and Nancy Shives (Ronnie), Hoisington, KS; a brother-in-law, George Lillard (Jeanette) Houston, TX; her sisters-in-law, Deloise Paris, Greenville, TX, and Sylvia Mauldin, Ft. Worth, TX; and many beloved nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Virginia Lillard; her parent; a brother, Gerald Coker; and brothers-in-law, Gerald Lillard, and Pete Paris.
Cremation has taken place and the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 9, 2021, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, 415 N. Main St., Hoisington, KS 67544. Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., July 10, 2021 at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, with Pastor Chris Lehew presiding. Ashes will be inurned at Claflin Cemetery, Claflin, KS. Memorials may be given to the Hoisington Veterinary Hospital Stray Animal Fund, in the name of Rita & Virginia “Jenni” Lillard, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home
415 N. Main
P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 4, 2021