Rita W. Godwin
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Rita W. Godwin
  • October 19, 1928 - August 18, 2017
  • Clearwater, Florida

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Godwin, Rita W.



88, of Clearwater, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2017 at Cypress Palms Assisted Living Facility in Largo under Hospice care. Rita was born in Jacksonville, FL in 1928 to Edna and Lawrence Wynne, Sr. in 1949, she married the love of her life and started a family. In 1959, she and her husband moved their family to Clearwater to begin a new chapter of their lives. Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her three brothers, John Wynne, Lawrence Wynne, Jr., and Craig Godwin, Jr.; her beloved husband of 53 years, John H. Godwin, Jr.; and her daughter, Melinda Dupont. Rita is survived by her sister, Dorothy Neeley; her daughter, Erin Lavigne (James); her son, John H Godwin, III (Sheri); two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Rita lived a very full and rewarding life. She will be remembered as a wonderful, caring, and loyal wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be missed by many. There will be a 12 PM visitation, with 12:30 PM service to follow on Saturday, August 26th, at Peacefield Chapel, Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, 2650 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater, FL 33759. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rita’s name to Suncoast Hospice.