Rita J. Severns

December 22, 1944 ~ January 9, 2019 (age 74)

Rita J. Severns 74, Akron, Indiana, passed away at 7:45 A.M. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Hickory Creek of Rochester.

She was born on December 22, 1944 in Jamestown, Tennessee, the daughter of Floyd L. and Fonza (Lowe) Owens. On May 1, 1964 in Akron, Indiana, she married Daniel D. Severns and he survives.

Mrs. Severens had worked for Chamberlain Wiring, Akron, Indiana and for Hart, Schaffner & Marx, Rochester, Indiana, for over twenty years.  She retired from Tippecanoe Valley Schools. She had been a member of the Beaver Dam United Methodist Church and had been active with the Blacktop Cruisers. In her spare time she loved to read, garden and supporting her husband in garden tractor pulls.

Survivors include her husband, Daniel D. Severns, Akron, Indiana, son, Brian and wife Amy Severns, Rochester, Indiana, daughter, Cynthia and husband Mark Witherby, Berryville, Arkansas, granddaughters, Kaley and husband Garrett Branaman, Conway, Arkansas, Samantha Witherby, Berryville, Arkansas, sister, Nancy and husband Ray Temple, Campobello, South Carolina, brother, Danny Owens, Bloomington, Indiana, sister-in-law, Linda and husband Ned Heighway, Akron, Indiana, brother-in-laws, Gary And wife Janet Severns, Rochester, Indiana and Terry Severns, Rochester, Indiana, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Monday January 14, 2019 at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Friends may visit from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Athens Cemetery, Athens, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be expressed at

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