Rita Henderson

Rita Mae Henderson

Monday, July 25th, 1938 - Sunday, April 18th, 2021
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Rita Mae Henderson (Huffman), age 82, of Loveland, Colorado passed away at home, Sunday, April 18th, 2021 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born July 25th, 1938, in Gillette, Wyoming to Ralph Sweet and Mildred Agnes Huffman (Wilmoth).

Rita graduated from Sargent High School in Sargent, Nebraska. Upon graduating, she married William J. Drake of Comstock, Nebraska. They had four children: Jacob Scott, Tonya Rae, William Craig, and Tracy Alan. She and her children moved to Colorado in 1967 and she never left the mountains she came to love.

Due to her natural ability to help and instill her wisdom in others, Rita worked for 30 years as a drug and alcohol counselor in Northern and Eastern Colorado.

She was an avid quilter, loved playing bingo, and enjoyed sightseeing road trips to the mountains. Rita was an animal lover all her life and took in several orphaned pets (domestic and wild) over the years. For many years, she looked forward to serving her community by helping to organize and putting on the Annual Ann Jensen Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the local VFW (Associated Veterans of Loveland). She enjoyed time spent with family and friends, and visited her son in Wisconsin often, where she could dip her feet in the ice-cold waters of Lake Superior.

She is survived by her children, J. Scott Drake of Loveland, Colorado; Tonya and husband Scott Dixon of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tracy Drake and husband Allen Bender, of Superior, Wisconsin; Randy and wife Kathy Schreiner, of Greeley, Colorado; Kevin and wife Debbie Schreiner of Johnstown, Colorado. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Liberty Duran (Jeremy) of Greeley, Colorado; Claire Duran (John) of Greeley, Colorado; Nicole Pericharos of Aurora, Colorado; Elyse Drake of Loveland, Colorado; Arielle Drake of Wilmington, North Carolina; Jeff, Kory, and Darci Schreiner of Colorado; seven great-grandchildren and honorary brother, Jim Keuhl (Vicki), of Loveland, Colorado.

She is preceded in death by her “momma”, Mildred; “daddy”, Ralph; brother, Robert L. Huffman; and her son, William Craig Drake.

Rita will be interred in the family plot at Gates Cemetery in Gates, Nebraska, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to the Associated Veterans of Loveland, 970-667-4722 for donation information.
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Alice Newman

Posted at 08:14am
Best neighbor ever!! I'll miss Ryda seeing her working on her yard, caring for the flowers and gardening. I admired how much she did even at an older age--she was a great example of how to stay young by moving & working. I'll miss her smile, kind words, advice and neighbor to neighbor chatting! What a patriot always cooking and helping the vets. Jacqueline and I will miss you dear Ryda!

David Johnson

Posted at 09:00pm
Tracy spoke so fondly of his mother. When I finally met her I understood why.

Debbie Knutsen

Posted at 07:00pm
"Rita Henderson" will remain in our hearts forever.
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Nancy Newman

Posted at 05:57pm
My condolences to Rita's family, especially Scott & Elyse. I am neighbor, enjoyed talking to Rita. Her & Scott would often drive by while I was doing yard work, we'd have a chat. Rita had very interesting life, she was present for others, very caring. I will miss her in my neighborhood. In loving memory. Sincerely & God's Peace and comfort. Nancy Newman

Claire Duran

Posted at 05:35pm
She was the best Grandma I could have asked for. She taught the most important lessons I had to learn. I will miss her her with all of my heart!

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