Rita Askin Jennings, 83, of Owensboro, Ky., formerly of Hardinsburg, Ky., died Sunday, March 17 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She was born on Sept. 24, 1929 in Breckinridge County, Ky., to the late Morris Lewis and Cora Butler DeJarnette. While in Hardinsburg, she and her first husband, L. C. Askin, owned and operated the Western Auto Store and she also owned and operated Rita’s Dress Shoppe. She had been a school bus driver for the Breckinridge County School System and a bookmobile librarian for the Breckinridge County Public Library.
She was a member of United Methodist Church in McMinnville where she and her second husband were members and lived for many years. She also enjoyed traveling, camping, was a Kentucky Colonel, and an avid UK basketball fan. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, L.C. Askin in December of 1966, her second husband, Dr. Karon Jennings in July of 2012, and daughter, Ginnie Askin in March of 1994.
Surviving are two daughters, Donna Lewis and husband Ron Board of Owensboro, and Cora Lynne and husband Tony Roush of Orlando, Fla., three grandchildren, Neil and wife, September Board of Owensboro, Madeline and Elizabeth Roush of Orlando, two great-grandchildren, Alex and Asher Board of Owensboro, two brothers, A.B. DeJarnette and wife Nell of Bowling Green, Marvin DeJarnette and wife C.J. of Port St. Lucie, Fla., sister, Kathy Whitmer and husband Bruce of Gainesville, Fla., and several nieces and nephews. Rita also leaves behind all her wonderful friends at Park Regency.
Services were held March 22 at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. A graveside service followed at Ivey Hill Cemetery in Hardinsburg.
Memorial contributions can be made in memory of her daughter, Ginnie Askin, to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, 4424 Vogel Road, Suite 205, Evansville, Ind., 47715.
Online condolences may be placed at www.glennfuneralhome.com.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) April 26, 2013