USAO News Bureau

SMITH, Rita Jean (Watson)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Services for Rita Jean Smith, 69, of Norman will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, at the Avoca Church of Christ in Avoca with Red Barnes officiating. Burial will be at Wanette Cemetery, under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service.


She died Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Norman.


Ms. Smith was born March 24, 1935, to Ernest C. and Annice F. (Butts) Watson. She graduated from Chickasha High School in 1952. She earned a bachelor of science in biology from Oklahoma College for Women in 1956 and earned her master s of science in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1970. She taught high school science in Waurika and Cyril. She retired in 1978.


Ms. Smith was an avid OU fan, especially women s basketball. She enjoyed watching all women s sports, having played tennis and basketball in high school and college. She greatly enjoyed watching sporting events on TV with her family and close friends.


She is survived by a daughter, Diane Maddox and her husband Randy of Norman; a grandson, Todd Collier and his wife Morgan of Noble; granddaughter Samantha Collier of Noble; great-grandson Michael Palmer of Noble; and great-granddaughter Mikayla Collier of Noble. She is also survived by her longtime feline companion, Scully.


She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.