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Obituary: Heath

Rietta Heath, 93 of Taylorville formerly of Chenoa, died at 11:29 pm, Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Life’s Journey Hospice in Taylorville.

Funeral services for Mrs. Heath will be 11 am, Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa. Burial will follow in Chenoa Township Cemetery, Chenoa.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 pm, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Chenoa Food Pantry or Project Nehemiah.

Mrs. Heath was born November 27, 1927, in Round Hill, Ky., a daughter to Birdie and Dona (Woosley) Goodwin. She married Hillary Johnson in 1945 and he passed away in 1948. She then married Wayward Heath on July 18, 1950, in Jetson, Ky. He passed away on August 26, 1993. Her parents, three brothers, two sons, Freddie Johnson and Donald Heath and 2 great grandchildren also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Rev. David (Shellie) Heath of Stonington; Danny (Mary Jo) Heath of Chenoa; daughters in-law Jonetta Johnson of Georgetown, IN; Linda Heath of Kissimmee, FL; one sister, Jennie Lou Penley of Morgantown, KY; sister in-law, Mary Goodwin of Louisville, KY; eight grandchildren, Rick and Kyle Johnson, Sarah and Laura Kodavatikanti, Ben Heath, Jeff Heath, Janet Murphy and Kylie Heath; eight step grandchildren and 27 great- grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Janet Bell and Sharon Powel for the love and care given to their mother in her final days.

Mrs. Heath was employed at Livingston Manor in Pontiac as a CNA for over 28 years and was recognized as Employee of the Year. Rietta was an avid reader who always put her family first. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

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