Rita Mae Shogren

Rita Mae Shogren (Tuttle), 55, died Dec. 10, 2014.

She was born on Feb. 26, 1959, in  Quinter, the daughter of Jim and Leona Tuttle.

She attended Gove Grade School and Wheatland High School. She graduated from Ft. Hays State University where she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. That was followed by a master’s degree in elementary education with a library science endorsement from Kansas State University.

She also earned an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement from KSU.

She worked as an educator and coach in the Solomon, Satanta and Liberal school districts. Rita was also a volleyball official and scorebook keeper for both basketball and volleyball.

Rita was a member of the Kansas Reading Association, Kansas Association of School Librarians, Kansas-National Education Association, Kansas State Reading Circle, and Parent Teacher Organizations. She was also a member of the First Nazarene Church, Sublette.

Rita married Mark Shogren on Jan. 10, 1981, in Gove, at the United Methodist Church. He survives.

Survivors include: two daughters, Tiffany Shogren, Olathe, and Jessica Freeman, and husband, Aaron, Lawrenceville, Ga.; five sisters, Gwen Kramer, and husband, David, Meridan, Lorsey Thompson, and husband, Earl, Olathe, Rose Packard, and husband, Charles, Grainfield, Sandra Lonas, and husband, Ralph, Moneta, Va., and Lana Durkee, Lenexa,; three brothers, Jon Tuttle, and wife, Debra, Scott City, Von Tuttle, and wife, Cristy, Gove, and Leon Tuttle, and wife, Donna, Gove; 21 nieces and nephews and 24 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial service was held Dec. 13 at the Southern Baptist Church, Sublette.

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Kansas Reading Association, and KJIL Radio in care of Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W. 2nd, Liberal, Ks. 67901.


Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com.

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