Rita Hames

Hamilton County

Rita Harris Hames, 73, of Chattanooga, passed away at a local hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, after a brief illness.She received her bachelors and masters degrees in education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Rita taught in several elementary schools in Hamilton County over the course of her career. After retirement, she continued working with children as a reading specialist at Red Bank Elementary.In addition to her love of teaching, Rita also loved watching and supporting Big Orange football.She was preceded in death by her parents, James W. and Fay M. Harris.Survivors include her daughter, Cindy (Tom) Cofer, of Signal Mountain; grandchildren, Caroline (Hugh) Faust, of Strawberry Plains, Tenn., and John Cofer, of Chattanooga.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you contribute to the American Heart Association or YoungLife of Chattanooga at 516 Cherokee Boulevard, 37405.Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. today, Oct. 13, with a service immediately following in the funeral home chapel. Entombment will be at later date.Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanooganorthchapel.com.Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

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