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Rita Arlene Prater

Rita Arlene Prater, 60, of Havana, passed away at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, at 12:20 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2019. She was born April 6, 1959, in Beardstown to Ira and Mary (Todd) Smith Jr. Mrs. Prater is survived by two children: James (Michelle) Prater, of Cadet, Missouri and Rebecca Jane Prater of St. Louis, Missouri. Also surviving are five siblings: Bob McDaniel, Natalie Schnoor, Rodney Smith, Valerie Smith and Debbie Marr. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Shanna Hardy and brother, Gary Smith. Mrs. Prater was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, near Chandlerville. She was a crafting guru who loved to make crafts and then sell them at various scenic drives. She also enjoyed arranging flowers and had made arrangements for several weddings. Cremation rites have been accorded and no public services are planned at this time. Burial will be held at Bethel Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Mrs. Prater’s family. Online memorial messages may be left for the family at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements.

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