Former longtime Garden City resident Rita Hendrickson-Sherman, 65, known as "Grandma Rita" to children everywhere, went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2013, in the home she shared with her daughter & son-in-law. She was surrounded by her children, sister & close family members.
Rita was born Nov. 14, 1947, the second of four children to Harold and Lois Hendrickson in Garden City, Kansas.
She attended school in Guymon, OK., and in 1965 she graduated from Dodge City High School and went on to study at the Women's College of the University of Denver.
She later married Richard Sherman. To this union, two children, Kimberly and Richard "Brandon," were born.
She was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Garden City, prior to moving to Wichita.
She was a telephone operator for AT&T for 25 years. Rita was always willing and able to help anyone and everyone. She decorated cakes, enjoyed crocheting & sewing. Every baby in her life has "Grandma Rita" blankets.
Rita is sadly missed by her children Kimberly (Barnett) and Bryan White of the home and Richard "Brandon" of Wichita; grandchildren Devin Barnett of Ponca City, OK., Tyler, Andrew and Abigail Barnett of the home, Harmony Sherman of Colorado, Gregory White and Brandy Lindahl of Wichita; great-grandchildren Christina, Hannah and Sean White of the home. Jaymie Ralston, Jayson & Aimee White of Udall, Kan., Rylen Barnett, Ponca City, Okla.; her sister Marsha Davis of Wichita; brother Alan and Vika Hendrickson of Las Vegas, NV., brother-in-law Jim Frantz of Westwood Lakes, CO..; Aunt June Hendrickson of Garden City, Kan.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many close friends.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Linda.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 29th, 2013, 2 p.m. at Watson Reflection Pointe Funeral Home. E-condolences may be sent to http://www.watsonfuneral.com.