Rita J. Willett

Mrs. Rita J. Willett, age 81, died January 6 at her daughter’s home in South Carolina.  She was born September 10, 1939 in Waverly, KY to parents Francis J. and Vivian Dyer Greenwell.

Jeanette graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy.  She married the great love of her life, Jerry Willett on April 19th, 1960.  They were married for 56 years until his death in July 2016. Their love story was an inspiration to those who knew them. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Buckhannon, WV.   She had a passion for golf and was a member at the Buckhannon Country Club.   She was dearly loved by her family and enjoyed spending time together with her daughters and their families. 

She is survived by her daughters Deanna McWilliams (Mark) of Palm City FL and Darlene Collett (Jeffrey) of Chapin, SC.; a sister Faye Greenwell (Bobby); grandchildren Jeremy Scott Collett, Justin Todd Collett, and Matthew David McWilliams; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jerry Willett; a sister Mary Monarch; and her brothers Parker Greenwell, Joe Dyer Greenwell, and Jerry Greenwell.

Services will be held at a later date in Buckhannon, West Virginia. 

Memories and condolences may be shared at whitakerfuneralhome.com

Whitaker Funeral Home of Chapin, SC is honored to be serving the family.





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