April 14, 1940 - Jan. 30, 2013
ELKHART — Rita K. Pixey, 72, of Elkhart, went home to be with the Lord at 3:42 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.
Rita was born April 14, 1940, in Arlington, S.D. to Wesley and Ethel (Miller) Jensen.
Her stepfather, John Burdette, preceded her in death.
On Sept. 19, 1959, Rita married Victor D. Pixey.
He survives along with a son, David B. (Sandra) Pixey of Elkhart; a daughter, Michele L. (David Reed) Swihart of Elkhart; grandchildren Meghan Swihart and James and Matthew Pixey, all of Elkhart; a great-grandson, Cohen Ahrens; sisters Dee Ann Costantino of Greenwood and Pat (Richard) Kerlin of Katy, Texas; a brother Greg Burdette, of Osceola; six nephews; and six nieces.
A sister, Camilla Martin, and one niece preceded her in death.
Rita was happiest when preparing her family gathering meals and also her signature fancy cookies, as well as spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed sailing with her husband on Lake Wawasee. Rita worked as a medical transcriptionist for 26 years, most recently at Goshen Hospital.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Trinity UMC Camp Scholarships.