No local services are scheduled for Rita Jo Stoller formerly of Raton, New Mexico.
Mrs. Stoller, 89, died April 5, 2020 at Good Life in Artesia, N.M.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Rita was born in Brownwood, TX in 1930 to Howard and Lora Meeker. She was raised in Deming, NM. Rita was the prom queen for Deming High School and graduated in 1947. She met the love of her life, Bob, while attending New Mexico State University. They married in 1951 and eventually
moved to Raton, after living in England and Silver City. Rita was the adored mom to Linda, Ron, Bobbie
and Bev and will forever live in their hearts when they speak in one of her “mom-isms”. She will also be
remembered by her grandkids for her loving heart, amazing cooking, making up songs for everything
and reading the daily funnies.
Rita was active in the Raton community as a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sunday
school and bible school teacher, Brownie and Girl Scout leader, Girl Scout Cookie Chair, Cub Scouts
leader, room mother at Kearney Elementary for 18 years in a row, 7 th Street Coffee Club, Eastern Star,
Rita is survived by her children Linda Yates (Peyton), Ron Stoller (Donna), Bobbie Goodloe, Bev
Purtymun (Kevin), brother Max (Sue), grandchildren Brennan Orr (Ashley), Kevin Orr (Sarah), Mike
Goodloe (Jennifer), Brianna Lohse (Kevin), Dillon Goodloe (Tiffany), Joshua Stoller (Claudia), Colleen
Stoller, Tyler Purtymun, Hannah Purtymun and 10 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Bob, parents Howard and Lora Meeker, in-laws Harold and Josie
Stoller, brother Charles, son-in-law Rob Goodloe and cherished friend Barbara Price.
A graveside burial of the cremated remains will take place at a later date in Raton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Encompass Hospice at 220 S Canal, Suite B, Carlsbad, NM 88220 or the charity of your choice.