Obituary: Rita Mead

Pratt Tribune

Rita Marie Mead, 65, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020. She was born June 29, 1954 in  Medicine Lodge to  Marvin Eugene and Evelyn Marie (DeRome) Dow. Rita married  Alvin Ray Mead on August 6, 1976 in Pratt.  He preceded her in death on November 4, 2005.

She worked for Cross Manufacturing for 30 years as a Floor Supervisor and held a couple different positions for Pratt County afterward. She enjoyed gardening and caring for animals.

She is survived by her daughter, Brandy (Steve) Riney of Wichita; brothers, Marvin (Victoria) Dow of Loganville, Georgia and Michael (Kathy) Dow of Loretto, Kentucky; grandchildren, Caroline (Billy) Sullivan of Wichita and Brandon Riney of Glens Falls, New York; and many nieces and nephews.

Rita is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; parents; and infant children, Michael and Tracy Hadley.

Cremation has taken place and family will have a Celebration of Life at a later date. Inurnment will be at Iuka Cemetery, Iuka.

Memorials may be made to Pratt Area Humane Society in care of Larrison Mortuary. Online condolences may be made at