Obituary: Rita J. Camp, 89, of Hannibal

Rita Camp
Posted: Nov. 29, 2019 10:57 am

Rita J. Camp, 89, of Hannibal, passed away at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Willow Care Center in Hannibal.

There will be no services at this time. Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Rita was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Kansas City, Kan., to William McDonald and Rosetta Richstatter McDonald.

She was married to William A. Graham in San Diego, Calif., in 1960. She then later married George W. Camp in Overland Park, Kan., on Oct. 12, 1973. George preceded her in death on March 22, 1996.

Survivors include one son, Dana Graham (Linda) of Hannibal; one granddaughter, Erica Himmel (Chris); and one great-grandson, Graham Himmel. She is also survived by three stepchildren, Randy, Rick and Janet Camp; and nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.

Professionally Rita worked at various secretarial and bookkeeping positions throughout her career.

Rita had a kind and caring heart and was quick to donate her time and money to help those in need and received recognition from the VA Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., for her hours of service.

Upon retirement she stayed active by volunteering at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., and then after moving back to Hannibal in 1999 at Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

Rita loved her dogs, Precious and Ginger, and loved taking them on walks throughout the Hannibal-Lagrange University campus.

She had her moment of fame from Ripley's Believe It Or Not for having a full set of teeth at the early age of 17 months.

She and George were active members in the Elks Lodge in Hannibal, Denver, Colo., and Springfield, Mo., and spent many hours on the dance floor. She enjoyed golfing and bowling throughout life and loved going on trips with the Goodwin Tours.

She was a Catholic by faith and will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.

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