She was born in Houston, Arkansas, on May 11,
1940, to George and Wada Ray Taylor. Her family moved to Little Rock
where she graduated from Central High School in 1958. She loved to
write, contributed to the Tiger student newspaper, and enjoyed being a
High Stepper. Rita then attended what is now called UCA, to pursue an
education degree. She went on to teach
English at Forest Heights Junior High,
especially while her husband attended medical school.
She married Charles Hudson Rodgers of Hamburg,
Arkansas, on December 22, 1962, and their daughter Laura
"Lori" was born in 1967, followed by their son Chad in 1971.
Rita devoted her life to her husband and children, as well as church and
community matters. She was the best room mom ever; all the kids wanted
to ride with Mrs. Rodgers for field trips.
Most people would describe her as beautiful,
giggly, intelligent, witty,thoughtful, fun, wise, and creative. A kind
woman of deep faith. She received real joy from encouraging others and
watching them succeed in their goals and dreams.
Rita was fond of poetry, art, history of all
sorts, reading, tennis, personal journaling and Bible study. She jumped
in with her husband on any adventure and acquired skills such as hiking,
scuba diving and snow skiing. She was heavily involved in Arkansas
Medical Society Auxiliary, serving a stint as president, believing
wholeheartedly in championing her husbandís role as a physician. She
started a newsletter for The Family Clinic and was active in the
Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians.
In 2010, Rita and Charles moved to Scott,
Arkansas, where they dove into country life. Rita participated there in
All Souls Church and Scott Connections. Over her 77 years, Rita was at
some point a member of Trinity United Methodist and Asbury
In sum, she wanted true relationships over
anything else, the Lord being number one on her list, and she always
wanted everyone to get along, be included and have a tea party, or as
she often joked: "a coke and a smile."
Rita Lynn was preceded in death by her parents
as well as her sister Joni Taylor. She is survived by her husband Shot
of 55 years; her daughter Lori and son Chad (Eric McDaniel); her brother
Michael Taylor (Edra); a host of very dear in-laws, nieces and nephews.
A special note of deep gratitude from Ritaís
family to Robin Herman who helped care for Rita as her own for several
years, and to Christine Hussey and CareLink for these last months of
great care and love as well. In lieu of flowers, contributions to All