She was born on Aug. 14, 1963, in Willard, Ohio, to the late Robert J. and Imogene (Feltner) Barnett.
Rita was a 1981 Willard High School graduate. For the last 20 years, she had worked at MTD in Shelby. Rita was a member of the Nazarene Church in Willard.
A devoted wife, she took care of her husband and children. She was very supportive of her family, and they were her main priority. Rita enjoyed the outdoors, such as hiking and camping with her family. What she enjoyed most of all was spending time with her grandbabies.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 37 years, William E. Wallace; two children, William L. (Krystle) Wallace, Jessica (Ralph) Dunmire; two grandchildren, Aria Dunmire and Ivy Dunmire; four siblings, Garry Barnett, Randy (Carol) Barnett, Glenn Barnett (Faith Hall), and Joel (Sarah) Barnett; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her brothers, Timothy and Lloyd Barnett.
Family and friends may visit 4-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at the funeral home, with Pastor Kevin Meyers officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven.
Memorial contributions may be made, in Rita's name, to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, at www.LLS.org. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting secorfuneralhomes.com