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There will be no services.
Retha Mae Rinehart, age 92, of Xenia, Illinois, passed away Tuesday evening, January 23, 2024, at her home.
She was born January 3, 1932, in Gamaliel, Kentucky, the daughter of Garfield and Lonie Humes.
Bingo was the passion of Retha’s life, earning her the nickname “Bingo Queen” among those who knew her well. Her enthusiasm wasn’t just for the game itself, she loved winning, and often win she did! Her best Friday evenings were spent playing bingo and dancing. Once the music started, it was almost impossible to keep her away from the dance floor, where she could outdance just about anyone. These evenings, along with family gatherings like cookouts, fish fries, and birthday parties, were cherished moments filled with laughter, smiles, and unforgettable memories. Retha’s absence will leave a profound void in the lives of her family and numerous friends. In her memory, it’s envisioned that she is now playing in the grandest bingo hall imaginable, a place where the happiness of winning is a constant experience for everyone.
She is survived by her children: Carmeletta Barlow of Brownstown, John (Suzy) Hale of The Villages, Florida, Jimmy (Edna) Hale of Sullivan, Missouri, Lesa Hale of Xenia, Jessie (Rodney) Persinger of Flora, and Joe Hale of Xenia; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 husbands: William Garland Hale and Raymond Rinehart; a son: Bavil Hale; grandson: Dustin Hale; 3 sisters: Ida, Maggie, and Claracie; 3 brothers: James, Mitchell, and Robert; and special companion: Frank Suddeth.
There will be no services. Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Memorial donations are suggested to the family to assist with final expenses, and these will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a condolence or memory, visit: www.frankandbright.com
I'm sorry for family loss. She was truly a woman of her own words. Always spoke what she was thinking.
Rest in Peace Retha 🙂
So Sorry for ur Loss! Prayers going up for the Family!!
Oh my heart. We will forever miss you dear! You were such a blessing to know.
What a great lady always happy loved to dance & play bingo.. im so sorry for ur loss greatly missed
Deepest condolences to the family in this time. We got to know her when we visited Randy's grandmother at Heritage Woods. She was a vibrant woman with a huge smile!
Joe, n family, Sorry for your loss. I remember her. Always a sweetie..
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May God be with you and your family at this difficult time . Hugs and Prayers to your family . Such a sweet lady.
Retha was such a a very sweet lady she loved having fun. She was such a gogetter. She will be missed. Praying for Peace and comfort
Love you grandma. You will be missed. Thank you for being you. God Bless you and keep you forever.
So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all
I’m so sorry for your loss. She was an awesome woman !
I can picture this sweet lady with her beautiful smile dancing again & watching over her beloved family. May your precious memories ease your pain.
Thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace.
Ms Retha was such a sweet lady. It was a pleasure getting to know her during her time at Heritage Woods.
Lesa, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Thoughts and prayers
I will always remember my aunt she always had a smile even growing up I don't think she ever had a bad day I enjoyed all the time I got to spend with her I'm going to miss her more than anyone could ever imagine but I know she's in a better place God has taken another Angel home may she rest in peace sadly missed but never forgot I love you forever Aunt Mae