On Friday Nov. 12th, Rita Lynn Phipps, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of sixty-five. Born to Frank and Lorene Monkus, Rita grew up in Stanfield Oregon and married Ronnie Walls and had two boys, Rob and Keith. She remarried in 2001 to Arnie Phipps, her Saving love, and lost him only a short time later in 2005. Rita felt very fortunate to find love again with Luis Hernandez, her beloved and devoted partner for the past fifteen years.
Rita was a young and loving mother who was able to stay home with her boys until they were a bit older. She then began working full time at Kasari Trucking for Bill Kasari, who she cared for deeply. Rita also enjoyed her time working for her uncles and family at Shockman Brothers Construction. Rita finished her career at Columbia Basin Spreaders working for Allen Cleaver for over 17 years.
Rita loved her family deeply and really enjoyed all the holidays and times they were able to celebrate together. She loved her home and creating beautiful thing both inside her house and out in the garden. She loved animals, especially her dogs, and if "All Dogs Go to Heaven'', she will be really happy to see all her furry friends and all her loved ones that have already passed.
Many people will remember Rita's beautiful smile, her grit and determination, her kind heart and her abundant love. Rita was preceded in death by her mother and father, her first husband Ronnie Walls, her second husband Arnie Phipps, and her two nephews Brian Monkus and Jake Zabransky. Rita leaves behind a loving family and her partner Luis Hernandez and his family, her sons Rob & Heather Walls and Keith & Eileen Walls, her brothers Rod & Terry Monkus and Larry & Melissa Monkus, her sister Tana & Steve Zabransky and six grandchildren Sierrah, Hunter, Holden, Owen, Kinley, and Colin, and one great granddaughter, Aurora Lynn. Rita will also miss her beautiful step-daughters, Shelly and Terri and their families and all her wonderful nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday Nov. 19th at 1:00 at the Burns Mortuary in Hermiston with a short graveside service to follow. Rita loved flowers and if you would like to send flowers she would truly appreciate the sentiment. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.
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