Rita Fraley Rawlings

Rita Rawlings

   November 2, 1957 – April 18, 2015
   Rita Lee Rawlings (née Fraley) passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18 at her home in Matagorda, Texas, surrounded by her loving family. 
   Rita lived a life of faith, love, compassion, generosity and community service. 
   She is survived by: her loving husband of 17 years, John Rawlings; father, Robert Fraley; stepmother, Joyce Fraley; sisters, Bobbi Isbell and Debbie Fraley; daughters, Brittany (Nicolas) Acosta and Kellye Koonce; grandchildren, Lucas and Luisa Acosta; stepchildren, John Rawlings, Jr., Steven Rawlings and Angela (Greg) Baker; along with numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.  
   Rita is preceded in death by her mother, 
   Born on November 2, 1957, in Columbus, Ohio, to Robert and Louise Fraley, she grew up in a loving family with her sisters, Bobbi and Debbie 
   Rita attended Abilene Christian University, graduating with a degree in business management, and was the secretary to the superintendent of schools of Matagorda Independent School District.  
   She was an active member of Nichols Street Church of Christ. 
   Rita Lee is remembered for her sweetness, warmth, unflappable optimism, off-beat sense of humor and the way she delighted in giving bizarre knick-knacks as gifts.  
   She was devoted to her family. 
   Diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 2010, she bravely fought the disease for nearly five years.  
   Even during her illness, she continued to be an unwavering source of strength for her family, friends and community, and was able to hold her five-day-old granddaughter, Luisa, one week before she passed.
   The family requests a donation may be made to Camp Shiloh, NYC, a Christian program for at-risk children in the New York City area to which Rita’s family has been dedicated (www.shilohNYC.org).  
   Or, you may choose to donate to Harvest House, a food bank sponsored weekly by the Nichols Street Church of Christ. 
   Please send donations c/o Nichols Street Church of Christ, 1200 Nichols Street.
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