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Rita Marie ChastainPassing: March 11, 2012


Mitchell Cemetery


Chastain Funeral Home


Mitchell Cemetery

Tuesday,Mar.13,2012, 2:00 pm

MITCHELL Rita Marie Chastain, 57, passed away at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012, at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford.

Born January 14, 1955, in Bedford, she was the daughter of William H. “Bud” and Dorothy (Cummings) Chastain.

She was employed as custodian at Mitchell Community Schools for 12 years. Rita was a self employed dog groomer for more than thirty years at Scissors and Suds. A 1973 graduate of Mitchell High School, she enjoyed softball, track, and basketball.

Surviving: sisters,
Pamela Sue Moore, Mitchell
Cindy Garceau, Williams

Her parents and sister, Jamie Ramey, preceded her in death.

A private family service was conducted Tuesday afternoon at Mitchell Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be at later date.

Casketbearers: Danny Moore, Brent Garceau, Lucas Garceau, Scott Moore, Donnie Gratzer, and Travis Duncan.

Memorial Gifts: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services or White River Humane Society

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14 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Donna (Pace) Hart | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: April 17, 2012
    Cindy and Pam, Just now saw where Rita passed away and my heart was hurting. Some of my favorite memories involved all of you...You were my extended family and l loved you all. She was a wonderful person and her love for animals couldnt be matched. Remember going to the softball games in your moms Dodge Dart. =) My prayers and thoughts are will you all! Much love
  2. Guest: Tammy Gilstrap | Bedford, IN
    Date: March 18, 2012
    Pam and Cindy, So sorry to hear of Rita's passing. I've thought of your mom and your family through out the years. I know Rita will be sadley missed. Contact me to let know when you will have the celebration of Rita's life. I would like to see every one, its been too long thoughts and prayers be with you. Tammy Gilstrap
  3. Guest: Neva (Tolbert) Gildersleeve | Bloomington, IN
    Date: March 18, 2012
    Cindy and Pam: We were so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. Mother and Cathy delivered Christmas cookies to Rita this year - your mom's recipe (little sandwich cookies). Stay strong. I think of your family fondly often. Neva (Tolbert) Gildersleeve and Phylis Tolbert
  4. Guest: Pat Rasnic | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: March 16, 2012
    Rita was a "heart" friend, and I will always remember her with a smile! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
  5. Guest: Mike and Rita Ramey | Bloomington, IN
    Date: March 15, 2012
    We are so sorry, I loved Rita and we had so much fun in GAA and of course shared our names. You are a wonderful sis and our prayers are with all of you for sure, I have nothing but good memories of your whole family and we love you all. You and Danny take care and God Bless all of you. Mike and Rita
  6. Guest: Jeff & Tamra Chastain | indianapolis, IN
    Date: March 15, 2012
    Dear Pam, Danny & family, We were so sorry to learn of Rita's passing. May the Lord bless all of you and give you the strength to weather this troubled time. Love you.
  7. Guest: Gail Corlette | Bloomington, IN
    Date: March 15, 2012
    Rita's laugh and her awesome personality will be forever missed. I will be forever thankful to her for all of the laughs and our conversations of years gone by. Rita, a one of a kind woman, a fighter, a friend, a precious soul with too many friends to count. Your heart was bigger than life and you will hold a special place in the heart of others forever. Until we meet again beautiful lady, Love to you always.
  8. Guest: Wayne and Phyllis Keith | Mitchell, IN
    Date: March 15, 2012
    We have lived next door to Rita over 12 years and she groomed our 2 dogs for a number of years.She was always a very good neighbor,was very helpful when we moved in with information about the people that owned the house before us.We miss her and will for a long time to come.
  9. Guest: Paula Redding Greathouse | Bloomington, IN
    Date: March 15, 2012
    Pam,Cindy and families. I am so sorry for your loss. Rita was such a fighter,she fought cancer just like she fought to win every softball game she played for Monk and Skinner. Even the last time I saw her at the Bloomington Hospital,she was walking the hall with Barb Burton, she still had that same fighting spirit. She will be greatly missed. You all have been a special part of Pam Reddings,and my childhood from our mothers and girlscouts to the present. I love you all and may God Bless you all.
  10. Guest: Jim & Susan Vogel | Broomfield, CO
    Date: March 15, 2012
    Pam,Dan, Cindy and families, We are so sorry to hear about Rita. It's been a long haul for you all. My prayers go out to you and hope you will feel God's strength through it all. Love, Jim and Susi
  11. Guest: Susan Haley | Orleans, IN
    Date: March 14, 2012
    We are so sorry to hear about Rita.She will certainly be missed.Pam,I know how close you & Rita were,and you are in our thoughts and prayers.She was an amazing woman & her love of animals was outstanding.Carmel always loved coming to see you both. Hugs, Doug & Susan Haley
  12. Guest: Amy Atkinson Parker | Mitchell, IN
    Date: March 13, 2012
    Dear Cindy and Pam, I know she fought a good fight and she is at peace. You and your families are in my thoughts. The memories we share from our childhood are some of my fondest. Amy
  13. Guest: Patti Atkinson | Orleans, IN
    Date: March 13, 2012
    Dearest Pam,Cindy and families: Rita was a cherished childhood friend. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to you and your families. Patti
  14. Guest: Shelia Howell Belk | Jacksonville, AL
    Date: March 12, 2012
    I am so sorry to hear of this. Rita and I had many happy days playing together and spending the night with each other as children. She loved scaring me with her "George" stories. She was a wonderful person.