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Rita Garst Lee

May 5, 1936 - April 18, 2021

Burial Date April 22, 2021

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Rita Garst Lee, 84, of Bedford passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at her residence. She was born on May 5, 1936 in Roanoke, VA. A daughter of the late Maurice Garst and Virginia Hylton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Buford Lee, son, Robin Lee and her brother, Gary Hylton.

Rita was a very independent, friendly, dependable, and Godly woman who loved her family so. She worked for Carilion healthcare in Bedford before retiring. Her strong work ethic and dedication during her career and afterwards was so obvious. Her family was her everything, especially her grandkids. Rita was a member of Bedford Baptist Church. Her legacy will live on throughout the family and she will be missed dearly.

Rita is survived by her three children, Larry Lee and wife, Rumiani, Maurice Lee and wife, Sherry and Annette Patterson; eight grandchildren, Dana, Allison, Mey, Miranda, Alexandria, Marshall, Samantha and Ridwan; seven great-grandchildren, Reagan, Irvink, Austin, Kinlee, Raymond, Randall and Novalee; two sisters, Joyce Hylton and Trudy McDaniel. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and so many friends.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions please consider The Bedford Baptist Church Boiler, American Cancer Society, or The Bedford Humane Society.

A graveside service and celebration of Rita’s life will be private. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford from 5:00 until 7:00pm. To send condolences online please visit obituaries.tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

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The Lynchburg Alumni Association expresses our sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Lynchburg Alumni Association on April 26, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Lee's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

Posted by Sydney Schatz on April 21, 2021

We love and miss you, Aunt Rita. Though it has been many years since we were together in person, I could always feel Rita’s love and smiles through her little messages and check-ins about my kids. We are all luckier for having known her. Sending love and hugs!

Posted by Carla, Jeremy, Bryce, Audrey, and Eden on April 20, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Lee's passing. My Mom Audrey worked for family, So sorry to hear of her passing. Keep your memories alive. God Bless you all,

Posted by Jackie Miller on April 20, 2021

We love and miss you, Aunt Rita. Though it has been many years since we were together in person, I could always feel Rita’s love and smiles through her little messages and check-ins about my kids. We are all luckier for having known her. Sending love and hugs!

Posted by Carla, Jeremy, Bryce, Audrey, and Eden on April 20, 2021

Rita was my friend She was a special lady Raymond and my husband Roy worked at Kroger in Bedford together many years ago On Friday nights when they were working late Rita and I would take all of you kids to the Peaks for a cook out and so you all could play in the creek I did not drive at that time so we would all load in you Mom's station wagon and off we would go We did see each other to often after we moved to Rocky Mount but we still able to stay Friends She was a very sweet lady I loved her

Posted by Doris Johnson on April 20, 2021

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