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Rita Jean Burke


Oct. 30, 1937 - Feb. 16, 2018

Rita Jean Burke Emblen, 80, of Lakeside passed peacefully from this life Feb. 16, 2018.

Rita was born Oct. 30, 1937 in Glendale, West Virginia to the late Leo and Ellen Burke. She moved from Moundsville, West Virginia to Reno, Nev., to marry her high school sweetheart, Bill Emblen, Dec. 2, 1955 at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral; they enjoyed 62 years together. They raised their two daughters, Debbie Emblen Machen and Vicki Emblen Overton in Reno. In 1995, they moved to North Bend to live a life of picturesque beauty on Ten Mile Lake. Every summer they shared their paradise with their three grandchildren, Anthony Overton, Katie Overton, and Jennifer Machen Pedigo.

She was a wonderful, strong, and joyful person who will be missed greatly.

Rita is survived by her husband, Bill Emblen; sister, Mary Lou Cullen; daughters, Debbie Emblen  and David Machen and Vicki Emblen  and John Overton; brother-in-law, Homer Williamson; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews; in addition to a multitude of friends. 

Rita was preceded in death by her sister, Catherine Burke Williamson; and brother, Tommy Burke.

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At her request, there will be no service. Her request is that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or call 800-805-5856. There has also been a memorial gift fund in Rita’s honor set up at where you can enter Rita’s name to dedicate a donation in her honor.

The family would also like to express a special thank you to Dr. Magboo, Fran, Laura, Nichole, Chris, and Joy from Circle of Life Hospice Care for their exceptional care and dedication.

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