Rita Ann Uridge

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Rita Ann Uridge, 82 of Overland Park, Kansas, died peacefully at her home on April 15, 2020, after a brief illness. 

Rita was born on May 25, 1937, in Columbus, Ohio, to Carrie and Clifford Rice. As a teen, her family resided in Miami, Florida, where she graduated from Miami Edison High School and Barry University-Miami. Rita married her high school sweetheart, Owen (Duke) Uridge II in 1959 and together they had a beautiful 45-year marriage

She is preceded in death by her husband, Duke. Rita is survived by her three children; Owen Uridge III, Ken Uridge (Tina), Laura Webb (Brenden) and five grandchildren; Owen Uridge IV, Leah and Emma Uridge, Sarah Sanford (Paul), Sam Webb, and one great-grandson, Paul. 

Rita retired as a highly gifted educator from Shawnee Mission Public Schools. She was a role model to her family and friends especially after the loss of her husband. She created a fulfilling and purposeful life of volunteering at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and JCCC Carlsen Center, where she made many friends.

Rita enjoyed a variety of creative interests including travel, music performances, sewing, jewelry making, cooking, and gardening.  

Rita was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend, teacher, and volunteer.  She will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity by those who knew and loved her. 


A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions

Memorial contributions may be sent to Overland Park Arboretum FOTA P.O Box 26147 Shawnee Mission, KS 66225. 


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  1. Ronn and Sally Looney on May 6, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Rita left an indelible mark on us as volunteers at Johnson County Community College. We enjoyed lunch and dinner together several times and always looked forward to our next get together. She was truly a gifted and generous lady, and we adored her sense of humor and her zest for life. Rest In Peace dear friend. You will be missed.

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