Eva “Rita” Marguerite Massey

April 2, 1957 - April 16, 2022

Eva Ritamarguerite Massey

Eva “Rita” Marguerite Massey, age 65, Wyandotte, OK, entered her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Rita was born April 2, 1957 in Joplin, MO, daughter of the late Richard and Betty (Morgan) Hawkins. She attended Franklin Technology and graduated in 1984 with her LPN. She worked at Oak Hill Hospital for over 10 years as a nurse. After nursing, she owned “Rita’s Place” in Granby, MO and made the best cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed making jewelry, quilts, and going to the casino. Rita liked arts and crafts and loved all things Native American. She loved the country and raised several chickens and rabbits. She could watch western movies all day if she could. Rita was an amazing cook and her two most favorite dishes were, yumasetti and fried chicken. Her favorite flower was the yellow rose.

In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her grandson, Jordan Woodrum.

Rita is survived by her sons, Tim Newman and Mike Hawkins; two daughters, Amanda Paulsen and Elizabeth Halverson; brother, Stephen Hawkins; two sisters, Sue Gould and Delaine Robinson; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; second-mom, Helen Hawkins; and a long-time friend, Bill Armstrong.

The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery.