Rita Mae Young Lovejoy, 84, of Whitesboro, Texas was ushered into heaven on Friday, November 10, 2023 to a glorious reunion with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her beloved family that had gone on before her.
Rita was born on July 1, 1939 in Delaware Bend, Texas to William “Bill” and Vivian Lucille (Martin) Young. She met a young man named Hank Lovejoy when she was fifteen years old, and the rest is history. Hank and Rita were married on June 15, 1958 in Whitesboro, Texas. They went on to raise three amazing children, mentor countless individuals throughout Whitesboro and surrounding areas and to carry on the legacy of Lovejoy’s on Main in Whitesboro.
Love your neighbor as yourself” was how Rita lived her life. She was a “noticer” of people and what would be helpful to them. She did it quietly, but so consistently, taking countless meals to people who were ill or grieving, making pounds and pounds of candy for her family and delivering on Christmas day (with a carol or two) to those who might’ve spent the day alone. She was a hard worker and loved family. Nina was famous for all the notes she wrote to her kids and family through the years. Making birthdays memorable was one of her favorite ways to celebrate people. She managed to work full-time, cook breakfast and dinner most days, sing at numerous funerals, strain the milk after Hank milked their cow, helped lead a young marrieds Sunday School class for over 25 years with Hank, and had FCA breakfasts at their home. Her grandchildren will think of her every time they eat a waffle! She loved making things beautiful and paid attention to quality and detail, especially in her sewing. She made dresses for herself and her girls all their lives including prom and wedding dresses for both Laurie and Sharon.
She loved the Lord, her Lord, with all her heart and finally saw him along with her precious son, Chris and so many other loved ones, on Friday night. What a reunion she has had!
Rita is survived by her husband, Hank Lovejoy; daughter, Laurie Hilliard and husband, Charles; daughter, Sharon Autry and husband, Pat; grandchildren, Alec and Morgan Hilliard, Abby and Tommy Brandt, Avery Hilliard, Addison Hilliard, Kalie and Tanner Goldsmith, Coutney and Landon Stevens, Brittlea Autry, Crislynn Autry and Davis Autry, great-grandchildren, Arwyn, Jet, Lola, and Loretta Goldsmith, Hudsyn and Kinley Mitchell, Finnik Christoper Stevens, brother, Jack Young and wife, Myna, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Vivian Young, son, Chris Lovejoy, brother, Clinton Young and sister, Verna Mayo.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be designated to “Nativity Live” c/o Georgetown Baptist Church, 207 Georgetown Rd., Pottsboro TX 75076, (903) 786-2233.
Funeral Services honoring Rita will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Whitesboro, officiated by her family. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service time at First Baptist Church.