Rita E. Thompson, age 72, of Dixon died at her home surrounded by her family Wednesday Oct. 14, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Aug. 7, 1948 in Dixon, IL the daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth (Kramer) Blackburn. Rita worked in quality control at Dixon Direct, formally known as Dixon Publishing and Dixon Web, for over 46 years. She was a member of the Dixon Moose Club, and Dixon Elks Club.
Rita was an avid golfer, loved playing cards and bingo, listening to country western music and her family singing. She also loved visiting with family and friends over a cup of coffee.
Rita is proceeded in death by her son David J Thompson, parents, brother William Blackburn, and sister Victoria Blackburn.
She is survived by her daughter Amanda “Mandy” Lance of Dixon, and 3 grandchildren Tanner Thompson, Kennedy Lance, and Carynn (John) Howell. Rita is also survived by her siblings that include 4 sisters, Sue (Marvin) Bagwell of Greenville TX, Mary Ruggles of Dixon, Ruth (Tom) Croudy of St. Petersburg FL, Louise (Jerry) Ferguson of Dixon; and 4 brothers Joe (Pam) Blackburn of Garland TX, John (Pam) Russell of Mision TX, Paul (Sandy) Blackburn of Dixon, and Dan (Malou) Blackburn of Sheboygan WI.
A memorial service will be held Sunday Oct. 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon, with Pastor David Schweppe officiating.
A memorial has been established to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dixon. Cremation rites have been accorded. Arrangements by The Jones Funeral Home Dixon. Condolences can be left at www.thejonesfh.com.