Rita Ellison


Rita A. Ellison passed away on February 16, 2017, surrounded by her large family and Pastor Michael Myers. She was 57.

Rita was born in Franklin, Indiana, on July 19, 1959, to Howard L. Goldsmith Sr. and Carol (McClintic) Goldsmith.

Rita was a beloved wife, mom, granny and sister.

Rita enjoyed several things including tending her garden, working puzzles, solving word scrambles, watching movies (especially Tyler Perry movies) and raising dogs. Her true passion was taking care of children, including her two daughters. Her love for children was evident, as over the years Rita cared for many of her nieces and nephews. Spending time with her grandchildren, Emily, Vincent and Abigail, brought her a tremendous sense of joy.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Bethel Baptist Church, 142 Deaver Road, Columbus, with Pastor Michael Myers officiating. Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Jewell–Rittman Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Bethel Baptist Cemetery.

Survivors include her loving husband of 39 years, Michael L. Ellison; daughters, Michelle L. Ellison and Stacy M. (John) Wart; and her three grandchildren. Rita also had three very close sisters, Rosemary (Donald) Wade of North Vernon, Virginia (Steven) Ebert of Columbus and Cindy (Gary) Poland of Columbus; and one brother, Howard (Natalie) Goldsmith.

Rita was preceded in death by her father, Howard L. Goldsmith Sr.; her mother, Carol (McClintic) Goldsmith; father-in-law, Earl K. Ellison; and mother-in-law, Ruth Ellison.

You are invited to view her video tribute after 4 p.m. Monday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.