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Rita J. Trotter

Updated: Jun 9

November 26, 1944 — May 25, 2024

Rita J. Trotter, age 79 of Mapleton, Kansas, passed away at her home on Saturday, May 25, 2024.  She was born the daughter of George Vernon and Dora Jeanne Clark Heit in Parsons, Kansas, on November 26, 1944.

Rita was a daddy's girl always helping him out, handing him wrenches and getting greasy when he would work on the family farm tractors.  Rita went to college and held an associates degree and worked as a loan analyst with Labette Bank for many years.

Although, she wasn't looking to get married, she met a man named John Trotter.  They were married on April 6, 1997, in Leon, Kansas.  Rita enjoyed her flowers, reading and had a passion for "star gazing" and astronomy, she could spend hours looking at the stars with her telescope.  Rita was a strong, tough and sweet woman all bundled together.  

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Patrick Heit.  Rita is survived by her husband of twenty seven years, John Trotter; two stepsons, James & John Trotter; two stepdaughters, Mary Andersen and Kelli Davis; one brother, Nicholas Heit; eleven grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at a later date.  Online condolences may be left at

(Published in the Linn County Journal on May 29, 2024.)

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