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Rita Jane (Shaw) Burke

March 28, 1953 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Rita Burke Obituary

Rita Jane Shaw-Burke, a cherished sister, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2024, in Idabel, Oklahoma, closing a vibrant chapter of a life that began in Paris, Texas, on March 28, 1953. Daughter of the late Raymond and Vivian Shaw and beloved grandchild of Ola and Curtis Dean, as well as Ada and George Shaw, Rita's family roots were as deep as her love for her community.

A dedicated scholar, Rita earned her bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University followed by a Masters of Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Her passion for special education and meaningful work led her to a rewarding career with Lift, where she was known for her commitment to the children with special needs for over 40 years.

Rita's life was a tapestry of love for her family, friends, and various pursuits. She is survived by her devoted brother Joe Shaw and his wife Pati of Idabel, her treasured nieces Leslie (Shaw) Navarro, Ashley (Shaw) Youngblood, Kelli Shaw, Paige Shaw, Brenlyn, Bowie, and her nephews Levi Killman, Reed Shaw, Braden Shaw along with her traveling Companion Wanie Morris. Rita was also preceded in death by her nephew Joe Brent Shaw.

Living a life replete with joy and engagement, Rita was a prominent figure at family gatherings and a pillar in her Southeast Oklahoma community. She relished the thrill of finding the perfect family heirloom, cheering on her beloved nephews at their events. Rita loved attending the MC6 basketball tournament and looked forward to it every year. She also enjoyed excitement of the casino. Her love for travel, antiques, and her self-proclaimed membership of QVC showcased her zest for life.

A warm and radiant presence now missed by all who knew her, Rita Jane Shaw-Burke left behind a legacy of love, laughter, and delightful stories. Her memory will continue to inspire those who were fortunate to have felt the warmth of her generous spirit.

A celebration of Rita's life will be held 10 AM Friday January 26, 2024 at the First Baptist Church in Antlers, Oklahoma with Brent Franks officiating. Interment will follow at Jumbo Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Levi Killman, Reed Shaw, Braden Shaw, Orlando Navarro, Douglas Youngblood and Billy Jack Wilkerson. Honorary pallbearers will be Joyce Ann Carper, Rita Bray Montgomery, Jan Lancaster, Judy Smith, Gayla Orr and Sandy Storie along with special co-workers Nikki McAdams, Curtis McDaniel, Susie Mashburn, Steve Slack, Doyle Carper, Kelly and Choc Donaldson.

Family night for Rita will be held at Serenity Funeral Service Thursday January 25, 2024 from 6-7 PM.

Services are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Service in Antlers, OK.

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Family Night
January 25, 2024

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Serenity Funeral Service
145 W. Main Street
Antlers, OK 74523

January 26, 2024

10:00 AM
First Baptist Church Antlers
208 NE B St
Antlers, OK 74523

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