Rita Marlene (Sheward) Miller

By | February 24, 2021

Rita Marlene (Sheward) Miller, age 78, formerly of Jackson, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at The Kemper House in Worthington, Ohio.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Michael “Mike” Miller.  

She was born Aug. 20, 1942 in Oak Hill, Ohio to the late Edward Delaney, and Glenna Marie Sheward (Harry F. Sheward). She graduated from Jackson High School in 1960, and Rio Grande College, with a degree in Elementary Education in 1964.  Her teaching career began in Norwalk, Ohio. She also taught in Port Clinton, Ohio, Schenectady, New York, and Jackson, Ohio. She went on to specialize in Remedial Reading.  After retirement, Rita continued to serve students as she volunteered to work to prepare them for the Ohio State Proficiency Tests.

She loved working with children and helping them to reach their full individual potential. Her students loved her as well, and many stayed in close contact with her over the years.  She was a loyal member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Port Clinton, Ohio, and Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson, Ohio.  

Mike and Rita most recently attended  Life Point Church, in Lewis Center, Ohio.  She enjoyed involvement in community events and was a member of the Port Clinton Junior Woman’s Club, past-president.  She also belonged to the Port Clinton Yacht Club and volunteered for a number of different local events while living there.  After moving to Jackson, she became an active member of the Jackson Women’s League, the Jackson City Education Association, and she was also a member of the Jackson Retired Teacher’s Association.  

Rita loved dogs, 50’s music, dancing, football, cooking and baking, the Apple Festival, and watching her grandchildren play sports.  

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Gary) Mann, and grandsons, Brett and Beau Boggs.

Due to the current COVID crisis, the Graveside Service/Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at Fairmount Cemetery in Jackson, Ohio.  Memorial donations in Rita’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alzfdn.org or Life Point Church, 7719 Graphics Way STE B, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035.

Memorial contributions may also be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Funeral services are under the direction of the Mayhew-Brown Funeral of Jackson, Ohio. Condolences can be sent to www.mayhew-brownfuneralhome.com