Rita Lee Ponder

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Rita Lee Ponder, 39, of Joplin, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019, at her home.

She was born Nov. 15, 1979, in Monett, the daughter of Lorey (Hale) Smith, who survives of Joplin. Also surviving are her fathers, Mike Collier of St. Clair, and Mike Wormington of Cassville; two sons, Austin Milford of Monett, and Cameron Johnson of Pierce City; two daughters, Makayla Milford of Springfield, and Kaitlyn Milford-Woods and her husband Mallory of Aurora; three sisters, Loretta Collier of Aurora, Tonie White of Union, and Jamie Vogt of Cassville; three step-sisters, Samantha Smith of Joplin, Alex Smith of Texas and Jessica Smith of St. Louis; and three grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her father and one son, Kaden Johnson.

She received her education in Purdy. Graveside services were held Friday, at Purdy Cemetery in Purdy, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville.

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