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Rita S. Jones

June 13, 1939 ~ February 25, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old


Rita S. Jones, age 83 of Findlay, passed away at 3:22 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay. Rita was born on June 13, 1939 in Lima, Ohio to the late Clarence and Mary (Green) Bowers.

Rita married Paul W. “Digger” Jones on February 13, 1982 and Paul passed away in 2019.  Rita is survived by her children, Tonia (Shawn) Meenihan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Scott (Sharon) Elliott of Arlington, Ohio; Martin (Suzanne) Elliott of Richmond, Virginia; Bianca (Kevin) Birchfield of Arlington, Ohio and Jason Marshall of Findlay, Ohio; five grandchildren, Collin (Jessica) Meenihan, Devin Meenihan, Taylor Elliott, Hailey (Tra) Callahan and Karlee Birchfield; three step-grandsons, Nathan Kuenzli of Montana, Cody Clifford of Findlay, Ohio and Trevor Clifford of Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

Rita was preceded in death by a son, Keith Elliott, and two step-daughters, April Jones and Tammy Clifford,  former husband, Dale Elliott, former husband Larry “Spike” Marshall, and five siblings.

Rita was a member of the Gold Wing Riders Association (GWRA), Precious Moments Club, and an active member at 50 North. Prior to retiring, she was employed at Kohl’s Distribution Center in Findlay. She was formerly employed at National Lime & Stone, Piece Goods Shop, Fort Findlay Motor Inn, and several area businesses.  She enjoyed collecting Precious Moments, sewing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Visitation for friends and family will be held at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, 500 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840 on Saturday, March 18, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life service beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Ruth Whitaker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope House, 1800 North Blanchard St., Suite 106; City Mission, 510 West Main Cross Street; or Findlay Humane Society 4550 Fostoria Ave., all of Findlay, Ohio 45840.  Open Arms Domestic Violence Organization, P.O. Box 496, Findlay, Ohio 45839.

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March 18, 2023

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home
500 Lima Ave.
Findlay, OH 45840

Celebration of Life
March 18, 2023

4:00 PM
Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home
500 Lima Ave.
Findlay, OH 45840


Findlay Hope House
1800 North Blanchard Street; Suite 106, Findlay OH 45840

City Mission
510 W. Main Cross St., Findlay OH 45840

Hancock County Humane Society
4550 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay OH 45840

Open Arms Domestic Violence Organization
P.O. Box 496, Findlay OH 45839


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