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Rita Lawanna Smith

June 2, 1943 ~ March 5, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old


Rita Lawanna Smith, 79, of Toronto, Kansas, passed away in her home on March 5, 2023 surrounded by her loving family.

Rita was born in Idaho to Orval and Melba (Nance) Hancock on June 2, 1943.
She married the love of her life, Donald Smith, on March 12, 1962, in Eureka, Kansas. They shared a beautiful life and family together. Rita was a homemaker for most of her life. She loved to spend time outdoors and go fishing. Crocheting was another hobby of hers, but most of all she loved going to the casino to gamble.

Rita’s loving heart will be missed by all who knew her, especially her family which includes her children, Kimberly Hull, of Toronto, Kansas, Kristy Tyner, of Toronto, Kansas, Jason (Lorie) Smith, of Toronto, Kansas; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband, Donald Smith; her son, Donald L. Smith Jr.; 2 brothers; and 2 sisters.

Her family will gather for a small visitation on Friday, March 10 from 11-12:30 at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at 1:00 at Walnut Valley Memorial Park in El Dorado, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to “Friends For Life” of Yates Center, Kansas or Harry Hynes Hospice.

Please sign her online guestbook at

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March 10, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Carlson Funeral Home
200 S. Star
El Dorado, KS 67042

March 10, 2023

1:00 PM to TBD
Walnut Valley Memorial Park Cemetery
Boyer Rd.
El Dorado, KS 67042


Walnut Valley Memorial Park

El Dorado, KS 67042


Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice
313 S. Market St., Wichita KS 67202
Tel: 1-316-265-9441

Friends For Life of Yates Center
P.O. Box 33, Yates Center KS 66777


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