Rita Lee Rawlings
November 2, 1957 - April 18, 2015
Inducted as Life Time Member on June 13, 2015
Rita Lee Rawlings (nee Fraley) passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18th at her home in Matagorda Texas surrounded by her loving family. Rita lived a life of faith, love, compassion, generosity, and community service.
She is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, John Rawlings; father, Robert Fraley; stepmother, Joyce Fraley; sisters Bobbi Isbell and Debbie Fraley; daughters Brittany (Nicholas) Acosta and Kellye Koonce; grandchildren, Lucas and Luisa Acosta; stepchildren, John Rawlings Jr., Steven Rawlings, and Angela (Greg) Baker; along with numerous cousins , nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces. Rita is preceded in death by her mother, Nila Louise Fraley.
Born on November 2, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio to Robert and Louise Fraley. She grew up in a loving family with her sisters, Bobbi and Debbie in Ohio and California.
Rita attended Abilene Christian University, graduating with a degree in business management. She was the Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools for Matagorda Independent School District. She was an active member of Nichols Street Church of Christ.
Rita Lee is remembered for her sweetness, warmth, unflappable optimism, off-beat sense of humor, and the way she delighted in giving bizarre knick –knacks as gifts. She was devoted to her family and friends.
Diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 2010, she bravely fought the disease for nearly 5 years. Even during her illness, she continued to be unwavering source of strength for her family, friends, and community. She was able to her hold her five-day old granddaughter, Luisa, one week before she passed.
With Sincere Gratitude
The Rawlings Family