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Rita L. Johnson Barnes, 60, of New Castle, Pa., passed away the evening of Jan. 8, 2018, in UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Born on May 9, 1957, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Ben Jones Sr. and Corrine Johnson.
Rita had worked as a social worker. She was a member of Kingdom Hall. Rita enjoyed volunteering for many charitable organizations, playing bingo, cooking and opening up her house to whoever needed a place to stay.
Rita is survived by her children, Cecil Calhoun and wife Holly Calhoun and Keisha Johnson, all of New Castle; seven siblings, Victoria, Portia, Ben Jr., Walter, Pamela, Shelia and Paula; seven grandchildren, Mikkal, Jullian, Alaysia, Shay'Ronne, Keishawn, Hayley and Noah; and two great-grandchildren, Ma'layah and Mikkal Jr.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at Victory Christian Center, 2009 N. Mercer St. Services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at the church, officiated by Pastor Alonzo Waters.
Entombment will take place in Parkside Mausoleum.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home, 941 S. Mill St.
Published on January 16, 2018
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