Rita Lynn Scribner passed away on Dec. 22, 2018
Rita Lynn Scribner died of complications of pneumonia at Wesley Medical Center on Dec. 22, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Lillian Gum, her brother Gerald Gum, and her sister Pat Gum. She is survived by her husband, Jim Scribner, and two brothers, Darrel and Harold Gum.
Rita was born and raised in El Dorado, where she graduated from El Dorado High School in 1971. She studied theater, first at Butler County Junior College, and then at Emporia State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1978. During her life, she resided in El Dorado,Chicago, Ill., and was a resident of Emporia from the late 70s until the time of her death.
Rita worked in both professional and amateur theatrical productions, touring as a member of the Robin Hood Players children’s theater company after completing college, performing across the Northeast of the United States. When she returned to Emporia, she became a key member of the Community Theatre of Emporia, serving at various times as actress, director, stage manager, costumer, props mistress, tech assistant, and secretary from the 1980s into the 2000s. Rita and her sister Pat co-starred as the Brewster sisters in CTE’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace.
Rita worked as a medical transcriptionist and switchboard operator at Newman Medical Center and the Medical Arts Clinic of Emporia. She served first as a docent, and later became curator of the Lyon County Historical Society museum, and was then employed at Graves’ Drugs before she retired in 2014 due to medical issues.
“Irreplaceable” is the adjective that most of her friends will use to describe Rita. She was smart, funny, kind, and an adept wordsmith. Her high intelligence, coupled with a well-developed sense of adventure and a seemingly inexhaustible joie de vivre, made her a delight to spend time with.
A celebration of Rita’s life will be held at the Emporia Arts Center (815 Commercial, Emporia) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Please join us to tell stories, dance, and lift a glass to Rita together, as she would have wanted us to do.
Rita loved animals, especially cats -- a memorial dund has been established in her name at the David Traylor Zoo in Emporia. Contributions may be mailed to the zoo directly with “Rita Scribner Memorial” in the memo line, or may be given at Rita’s celebration of life.
Arrangements by Cochran Mortuary and Crematory, Wichita.