Loreeta June Tibbets Pennington Ring, age 72, passed away on May 17, 2011 in Price.
She was born Nov. 12, 1938 in Cortez, Colo., to Henry George Tibbets and Lorene Geneva Roe Tibbets.
She was the oldest of five siblings, Henry Joe, Myra Ann, Marilyn Marie, and Susan Lynette Tibbets.
Rita married Roy Meyer Pennington and they had four children, Jess, Kelly, Marianne and Valerie. He passed away on April 14, 1973.
She later married Gene Ring and they were married for seventeen years. To this marriage they had four children, Sharon, Gene, George and Ray Ring.
Rita loved the outdoors and wildlife. She enjoyed crochet work, gardening, fishing, breeding and raising cockatiels, and spending time with her grandchildren. In 1963, she lost her right leg leaving her handicapped. She never let this set back interfere with her success in raising two families and working to raise her children after two divorces.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rita had the good fortune to find and rekindle the friendship and companionship of Clyde Lay of Dove Creek, Colo. Loreeta had no regrets except for not being able to raise the children she had lost due to death. She eagerly awaits to regain the privilege when she's in heaven to hold them once again.
Survived by her children, Kelly Gene Pennington, Wellington; Valerie Faye Pennington (Lamar) Davis, Miller Creek; Sharon Lynn Kirchner, Wellington; Gene Morgan (Elaine) Ring, Cortez, Colo; George Wayne Ring, Pleasant View, Colo; Ray (Sunny) Ring, Miller Creek; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; her siblings, Myra Ann (Fred O.) Ward, Cohone, Colo; Marilyn Marie (Joe) Uhl, Cortez, Colo; Susan Lynette (Ron) Barr, Bishop, Calif; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lorene Tibbets; grandparents, John and Ann Tibbets, Jess and Ida M. Roe; husband, Roy Meyer Pennington; son, Roy Jess Pennington who passed in 1958; daughter, Marianne Gale Pennington who passed in 1969; brother, Henry Joe Tibbets who passed away in 1963.
Memorial service Saturday, May 21, 2011, 5 p.m., Wellington 1st Ward Chapel, (50 N. 100 E.), Wellington. Family will be at the church Saturday one hour prior to service. Interment will be in the Summit Ridge Cemetery in Dolores, Colo., on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 2 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends may share memories of Rita at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.