Rita Jensen

Rita Louise Jensen

Sunday, May 19th, 1963 - Sunday, May 19th, 2019
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Rita Louise Swisher Jensen

Born May 19, 1963 in Independence, MO to George R. and Marilyn E. (Stedem) Swisher. Rita is survived by her husband, Brent Myron Jensen of 7 years (married June 4, 2011).

Rita was the youngest daughter of seven children with three brothers, Michael Paul Swisher (Mary Ann) of Lee’s Summit, MO; David Henry Swisher of Springfield, MO; Glenn Eugene Swisher (Shelly) of Broken Arrow, OK and three sisters, Clarissa Marie Craig (Art) of Olathe, KS, Tamara Catherine Kamphaus (John) of Dallas, TX and Alisa Rose Swisher of Lee’s Summit, MO. Rita was the proud Step-Mother to Casey Jensen, Aunt of Lora Swisher, Jessica Swisher, Jonathan Swisher, Herschel Keesee, Christopher Swisher, Justin Swisher, Matthew Kamphaus, Nathan Swisher and Luke Swisher and Great Aunt to four great-nephews and three great-nieces. She also leaves a number of extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Rita graduated from Springfield Catholic High School in 1981. Later, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from OSU Technology Institute, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Rita began her working career at Budget Rent-A-Car in Dallas, TX where her accounting expertise was recognized and was selected to join the accounting team there. Within a short time she was promoted to Senior Accountant. The majority of her career was with the RGG Law Firm from 1997 to 2014 where she worked as an Accountant/Bookkeeper and finally as the Firm Administrator. She was recognized by the partners of the firm for her hard work and dedication in 2006 with a 417 Magazine Woman of the Year Award. Her friendly nature, ability to embrace challenges presented to her, and take charge, affectionately earned her the nickname Bosslady.

Rita’s favorite past time was taking weekend trips to area lakes and casinos with her husband Brent. Occasionally their travels took them to the beach where they were visitors to the area in and around Gulf Shores, AL. Rita was grateful for her time with her husband, Brent, as they shared a special love and caring for each other.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, May 31, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Springfield, Missouri with Father Gaspar Masilamani officiating. Burial will take place following at Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Catholic Charities of Springfield and The Kitchen, INC, or charity of choice.

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    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 10:00am
    Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    1609 N. Summit
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    Fr. Gaspar Masilamani C.M.F.
  • Interment

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 12:00pm
    Hazelwood Cemetery
    1642 E. Seminole
    Springfield, Missouri 65804
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Brenda Evans-Feickert

Posted at 09:35pm
We grew up across the street in Independence, Mo and seemed like we were always over in the Swisher’s backyard. My mom would watch Glen during the day. I was closest to Rita and we were a year apart. We were so sad when they moved to Springfield and after a short time we lost contact. Just happened upon her Facebook and saw the note that she passed a year ago. So sad! My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Joyce Gammon

Posted at 01:17pm
Brent, I am so sorry for your loss, I know how much Rita loved you, she talked about you all the time and how you took care of her. She hired me at The Kitchen and although she was tough on me and she taught me so much. I am so sorry I could not attend she Mass as I was out of town, but know in my heart I will continue to pray for comfort for you and her family.

Joyce Gammon


Posted at 09:19am
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rita was a true joy to work with.

Teresa and Kevin Horn

Posted at 08:17pm
She was a beautiful soul and will be deeply missed. Planting a tree in her memory. Prayers for the family.
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Jessica Swisher

Posted at 02:15pm
This tree symbolizes the strength and continued growth of family. Rita Swisher-Jensen was always full of life and would look at me with that loving, yet skeptical "aunt" look that would make me laugh every time. She is missed and with this tree, her spirit can be kept alive in a meaningful way.
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Tammy Seale Posted at 11:26am

Rita and I had a lot of fun times together, both in college and after. Even though we didn’t see each other much in the last few years, I always knew she was just a phone call away. I am going to miss being able to call her!

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