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Rita Pressnell

May 8, 1959 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 64) 64 Years Old


Rita’s life began on May 8, 1959 in Wagner, OK; the daughter of Barney and Irene (Gamble) Phillips. Rita was married to Rodney Pressnell for over 35 years. She owned and operated the Leon Café for over 15 years. She was a beacon of light and warmth to the community of Leon. She was an amazing cook and fed the souls of many. She mentored many women and offered advice to anyone that asked. She enjoyed fishing and dancing. Rita loved to host events, especially when family and friends could gather with her. Rita was rooted in her faith and had a deep love of the Lord. She attended Greater Works Church and was a dynamic prayer warrior. She was always hospitable and opened her door to all in need. Rita loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the world to her and she loved to spoil them with chocolates and candies. Her greatest joy was her family, which includes her children, Christopher (Clarisa) Wallace of Corpus Christi, TX, Amanda (Christopher) Kelley of Wichita; grandchildren, Brianna (Clint) Thurman, Faith (Caleb) Coleman, Brayden Wallace, Ashlyn Wallace, Chloe Kelley, Abby (Seth) Peffly, Isaiah Kelley, Carson Kelley; great grandchildren James, Elizabeth and Samuel; siblings Terry Phillips, Ed (Tina) Phillips, Gary Phillips, Brenda (Robert) Manley; as well as a host of extended family and friends that will miss Rita dearly. Rita passed away on January 25, 2024 in Wichita. She is preceded in death by her husband Rodney, grandson Trey Wallace, 2 infant great-grandsons Ezekiel and Engel; siblings Harold Phillips and Wayne Phillips. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 30, at 1pm at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home. Rita will be laid to rest at Leon Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to Compassion International. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory at

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January 30, 2024

1:00 PM to TBD
Carlson Colonial Chapel
200 S. Star
El Dorado, KS 67042

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Leon Cemetery

Leon, KS 67074


Compassion International
12290 Voyager Pkwy, Colorado Springs CO 80921


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