Borton, Rita

Written by David Green.

Rita Mae Borton, 70, of Stryker, Ohio, and formerly of Fayette, died Sept. 2, 2012, at the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice in Defiance, Ohio, following a brief battle with cancer.

She was born Nov. 10, 1941, in Oak Hill, W. Va., to the late Willard and Dorothy (Bayes) Lavinder. Rita married James F. Borton at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, Ohio, and he survives.

Rita moved with her family to Fayette in her early youth and graduated from Gorham Fayette High School in 1959. She earned a license as a beautician and also worked at Fairlawn Nursing Home and opened her home as a baby-sitter for several years. She most recently retired from Sauder’s Manufacturing in Stryker. 

Rita collected rabbits and enjoyed crocheting and reading. She was a member of the Fayette Firebells and St. James Lutheran Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Michael Borton of Morenci, Mich., and Eric Borton of Wauseon, Ohio; three daughters, Gale Borton of Wauseon, Christy (and Jeff) Keller of Statesville, N.C., and Renae (and Bill) Stoiber of Ledyard, Conn.; a sister, Kathy Borton of Wauseon; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister in stillbirth; and two brothers, Pete (and Patricia) Lavinder, and Jerry Lavinder.

At Rita’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, with Pastor James Strawn officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation  is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Community Health Professionals Hospice.

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