Rita Gingrich Black
Last updated 12/28/2020 at 2:58pm
Rita Gingrich Black, 77, passed Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, at her home in Pisgah Forest.
She was born Nov. 17, 1943, in Kewanee, Ill. One of four sisters, she worked daily on the family farm with chores, harvests and other duties. Her father was proud of the sister’s strong work ethic and when teased by other farmers about not having boys, he responded “four queens beat three jacks any day.” Her delight, however, was riding her horse and playing fast pitch softball.
After graduating from Mineral High School in 1961 in Mineral, Ill., she attended Knox College and earned a BA in mus...