Rita Workman

Rita Workman

Monday, October 14th, 1935 Monday, May 18th, 2020

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Obituary for Rita Lorraine Workman

Rita Lorraine Sabin Workman, our happy, loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away from natural causes on Monday, May 18, 2020 in her home at Lindon, Utah.
Rita was born October 14, 1935 in Heyburn, Idaho to Arthur A. Sabin and Verna Scott. Her 84 years began with fun, laughter and hard work along with her 3 older siblings on the farm. She was born with a gift for words… chatting away alongside her dad as he farmed. She attended 9 different schools in 12 years and, with her outgoing disposition, she managed to be in the center of all activities.

Her favorite story to tell was how she fell in love with her husband, Wayne, when she was 12 years old and chased him until he married her. They married in 1955 and moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon where they raised 5 children. Rita was an excellent homemaker, bread-maker and bookkeeper as they bought and renovated rental homes and owned and managed an adult foster home for Disabled Veterans. This was all done with the goal of teaching the kids how to work hard.

She found joy while serving and ministering in various ways within the church. As a couple she & Wayne enjoyed serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - for 7 years - in the University of Oregon Singles Ward. After 50 years of marriage they moved to Albany, Oregon to be closer to their boys. In 2015 Wayne and Rita left Oregon to live near their daughter, Deedra and family in Utah.

Rita was preceded in death by her sister, Melba Jean Damico and her youngest son, Mitchell Kent Workman. She is survived by her husband Wayne, daughters Mary Ellen (Blair) Kent, Deedra Lynn (David) Hansen, and sons Thomas Dean (Penny) Workman and Jerry Dale (Caroline) Workman. Rita will be missed dearly by her 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. All who knew her were touched by her service, love and positive spirit.

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