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Rita Agnes (Hayes) Haley, 77, of Lincoln, NE, July 15, 1946-January 18, 2024

Rita Agnes (Hayes) Haley was born on July 15, 1946 in Chappell, Nebraska to Donald A. and Agnes T. (Moran) Hayes. Rita passed from this earth on January 18, 2024 at her home in Lincoln, NE at the age of 77 years. As a young child, Rita attended the District 24 Swan Center country school through the 8th grade near Chappell, NE. She was a student at Deuel County High School in Chappell, graduating with the class of 1964. Rita was active in Band, Piano, and 4-H. Rita went on to further her education by taking secretarial classes at Parks School of Business in Denver, CO, data processing classes through Aims Community College in Greeley CO, sign language classes at Laramie Community College, as well as obtaining her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification in Cheyenne, WY. On May 22, 1966, Rita was united in marriage with Don Haley at the Methodist Church in Chappell, NE. The couple made their home in Johnstown, CO. Two children, Tammy and Jon, were born to this union. Rita was active in the church as a Sunday School teacher. Rita was active in the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, as well the Eagles Auxiliary. Rita also enjoyed serving as a Brownie Scout Leader. Rita worked as a CNA in hospitals and care homes in Colorado and Wyoming, did Home Health Care, computer assembly and testing, correspondence and transcription. Rita moved to the West Coast, where she managed apartment complexes in Salem, OR, and Battleground, WA. She enjoyed being near the ocean. In 2016, Rita moved to Lincoln, NE to be close to her family. In retirement, she enjoyed crafting, socializing with friends, and being near to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Rita is survived by her children, Tammy Jasso of Lincoln and Jon Haley (Sara Tina) of Irrigon, OR; grandchildren Eddie (Coral Crosier) Jasso, Jessica (Jason Agudo) Jasso, Zachary Badial of Lincoln, NE, Keoni Haley of Vancouver, WA, Alisha (Joshua) Hendrax of Midland GA, Nicole Meyer of Portland, OR; great-grandchildren: Tayton, Emmett, Eli, Josiah, Jaxson, and Xander, all of Lincoln; Emanuel, Samuel, Ezekiel, Nathaniel, and Gabriel Hendrax of Midland, GA; two brothers, Glenn (Pat) Hayes of Post Falls, ID and Bill (Edith) Hayes of Lincoln; a sister, Virginia (Francis) Whidden of St. Edward, NE; sister-in-law Coralie Hayes of Eagan, MN; son-in-law, Nicolas “Eddie” Jasso, of Lincoln, NE; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert Hayes and John Philip Hayes, and great granddaughter, Angel Jasso.

A celebration of life for Rita will be held in Lincoln on March 2, 2024 at a location still to be determined.

Inurnment is planned at the Chappell Cemetery in Chappell, Nebraska at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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