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Rita Carrol Morgan Millard of Pauls Valley passed away November 12, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 81 years.
Rita Carrol Morgan was born August 4, 1936 in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Carl Houston Morgan and Myrtle Gertrude (Mackey) Morgan. She was raised in the Oklahoma City area and is a graduate of John Marshall High School.
Rita Carrol Morgan and Harry Millard were married June 8, 1956 at the First Christian Church in Britton, Oklahoma.
She continued her education the best she could being the remarkable woman she was as a devoted pastor's wife, a sometimes "single" mom while her Army chaplain husband served his country in Korea and Vietnam; she was an inspired teacher.
She finished a Bachelor's in Elementary Education over many years, taking classes at whatever university was closest to where he was stationed. Some of those universities include Phillips University in Enid, Central State University, now UCO, in Edmond, and the University of Kentucky. Rita received her Bachelor's degree as well as earning her Master's degree in Education as a Reading Specialist at East Central University in Ada, all while she was working full-time and raising two teenagers.
Her activities and hobbies included a membership in the AR Chapter of the P.E.O.; a Sunday School teacher, singing in the church choir and being a Girl Scout leader as well as a member of Pauls Valley First Presbyterian Church. Rita also collected teddy bears and loved monarch butterflies. Pauls Valley has been her home since 1970.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Houston Morgan and Myrtle Gertrude (Mackey) Morgan; and grandson, Cameron Millard.
Her surviving family include her husband of over 61 years, Dr. Harry Millard of the home; one daughter, Dr. Gayle Millard of San Antonio, Texas; one son, Duane Carl Millard of Pauls Valley; a sister, Donna Lee Bell of Enid; one grandson, Jeremy Kolok of Stillwater; and a sister-in-law, Rama Nilsen of Sarasota, Florida.
The family has requested because of her love for Monarch Butterflies that in lieu of flowers memorials be sent in her name to the Monarch Butterfly Fund at www.monarchconservation.org. Their mailing address is Monarch Butterfly Fund, c/o Karen Oberhauser at 4013 Yuma Drive in Madison, WI 53711.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church officiated by Rev. Dr. Jim Burns.
A private interment will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family's guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 14, 2017
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