Rita Perkins, 67, passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at her home.

Rita was born Dec. 18, 1952, in Bloomington, the daughter of Rex and Martha Hendricks, who both preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Edgewood High School and earned degrees from Indiana State University and Indiana University. Rita taught physical education at Seymour, Washington, Indiana, and in the Decatur County school systems. She was also head gymnastics coach at Seymour, Washington, and Greensburg high schools.

In 1977 Rita married Joel Perkins in Bloomington. She is survived by her son, Jordan (Madison Holmes) Perkins of Englewood, Colorado; her husband, Joel of Hope; brother, Roger (Jayne) Hendricks of Springboro, Ohio, and sister, Rhea (Rick) Dikeman of Cincinnati; plus numerous extended family members.

A member of Lakeview Church of Christ, Rita was also active in the Women Educators Club, the Decatur County Retired Teachers Association, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, and the Columbus Pickleball Club.

A memorial service was scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Keevin Gray officiating. Inurnment will be at Garland Brook Cemetery Mausoleum at a later date.

Visitors must wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lakeview Church of Christ or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in memory of Rita.

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