Rita Ruth Reed was born May 22, 1928 near Dover, OK to Carl F. and Ruth Mary (Hottenstein) Davis. She grew up and attended schools in the Hennessy and Dover, OK area, graduating from Dover High School, in 1946. Rita attended Oklahoma College for Women, and Saint Anthony Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse in hospitals at Stillwater, OK, Tracy, CA, Wagner, SD, Craig, CO and Deadwood, SD. On August 30, 1952, Rita married Floyd W. Reed in Reno, NV. They lived and worked in Tracy, CA, and in 1954 moved to Pickstown, SD where they lived until 1979 when they moved to Craig, CO. In 1984 they retired and moved to their acreage in the Rochford, SD area. In 2004, they moved near Rapid City, and later to Mitchell, SD in Oct of 2009.
Rita was active in the Pickstown Community Church during the 25 years they lived in Pickstown. Rita loved to cook, and even when she left for work early in the morning, she always had the table set, and breakfast ready to cook for her family when they awoke. Baking fancy birthday cakes for her children when they were young was one of her joys.
Rita and Floyd were active members of, and attended the Little White Church in Hill City, SD for 25 years. Reading was a favorite past time and even in her last few months kept up with current events. Floyd and Rita enjoyed camping and traveling in the mountains of the western US, taking their family on many long vacations and camping excursions from the time they were babies. Rita will always be remembered for her sweet and gentle nature, unconditional love, and her never complaining spirit, even in spite of her physical limitations. Her faith in her God sustained her over the years.
Rita is survived by her children: Bill & Mary Reed, Gillette, WY, Pamela & Delbert Rippe, Mitchell, SD, Jeff Reed, Gillette, WY, Marcia & Wade More, Gillette, WY; a sister-in-law, Doris Reed, Stillwater, OK; six grandsons: Jason (Angel) Reed, Brian (Becky) Rippe, Jordan (Lindy) Rippe, Greg (Sharon) More, Chris More, Danny (Heather) Reed; seven great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd in 2012, her parents, a son, David Allen Reed at birth, a grand-daughter, Jennifer Lynn Reed, a grandson, Kevin John Rippe and two brothers: Leslie Ray Davis and Donald Douglas Davis. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd in 2012; her parents; a son, David Allen Reed at birth; a grand-daughter Jennifer Lynn Reed; a grandson, Kevin John Rippe; two brothers, Leslie Ray Davis, and Donald Douglas Davis.