Rita Ellen (Stoll) Walkden was born on February 10, 1940, and went home to her Lord and Savior on November 30, 2021, at the age of 81. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Arthur Walkden of Medina and daughters, Rhonda Walkden (Rick Detamore), Lora Thoen (Dan), Carlene Hickerson, Beverly Walkden and Beth Ann Walkden. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 29 (and soon to be 30!) great-grandchildren .
Rita was a life-long learner, and she loved to teach. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Home Economics and after raising five daughters, went back to college to get a degree to teach English. She and Arthur worked as partners in his Conklin business for more than 15 years. She kept the books and kept him motivated. She wrote “Monday Messages” that were broadcast on the company voicelink and published in a book encouraging others in leadership and motivation. She was a long-time member of Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church.
The family welcomes friends to visit during calling hours at Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon on Friday, December 17th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held in January.
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