Rita Kearney Emmanuel


Rita Ramona Kearney (Mahogany) Emmanuel, age 79 went home to be with the Lord on Saturday January 16, 2021 with her daughter by her side, following a long illness.

Rita was born in Columbus, Ohio and spent most of her life as an LPN nurse. She was always supporting and encouraging others, a friend to everyone she met. She counseled, inspired for many to be their best. Rita belonged to various clubs over the years such as Eastern Star, Love Thy Neighbor Chapter 137, ITC Club, Lions Club, and President of the Nursing Association.

Rita was a faithful member of New Salem Baptist Church for over 20 years. She participated in various church plays and numerous fashion shows. Mahogany as she was called sometime, loved taking pictures and being at other social events. All of her life, Rita had a very loving and giving spirit. After battling a courageous, second bout with cancer, the Lord said she had done enough and called her home to rest. Rita (Mahogany) will be forever missed by all who knew her.

Rita is preceded in death by her father, James A Kearney; grandmother, Jessie M. Henry; sister, Aloma F. Mason and niece Nena Elaine Carr Jackson.

Rita is survived by loving children, son, Marvin S. Kyle Jr. (Columbus, Ohio); daughter, Yolonda L. Kyle (Reynoldsburg, Ohio); son, Tony Lee (Columbus, Ohio); mother, Mary Cassells-Kearney (Columbus, Ohio); brothers, Franklin (Peggy) Kearney (Pickerington, Ohio), Larry Kearney (Columbus, Ohio), and Jimmy Jacob (Columbus, Ohio); sisters, Linda (Richard) Carr (Columbus, Ohio), and Teresa (Winston) Murray (Columbus, Ohio); special grandchildren, Ray, Autumn, Ryan, Rom, Ariel, Ariana, August, and Analyah; and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends have blessed her life. But now she is at peace with her heavenly father.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Entombment at Green Lawn Cemetery.

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  1. Monica and Ples Davis

    Our Sincere Condolences to Marvin and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all . May God keep you strong during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

  2. We are saddened to learn about the loss of your love one. May the support of family and friends be a source of strength and the God comfort a refuge in your time of sorrow. Thinking of you all.

  3. Cathy Jakeway and family

    My deepest sympathies go out to family and friends . May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of Rita Rest In Peace

  4. Aunt Linda and Family!

    To my niece and nephew, the life that she lived will always be remembered. The ways she touched hearts cannot be erased. The smiles and the laughter she created will live on forever. No amount of words can express the pain that we are going though.She is with my Nena; and all of the others angels! Love Aunt Linda and family!

  5. Frank Kearney & Family

    With love & sympathy we cherish beautiful memories of Rita and will greatly missing her laugh and caring heart. Prayers lifted for all her children, grandchildren, & great-grandchildren that are mourning her absence…May God bless you and keep you in His perfect peace. Love Uncle Frank, Aunt Peggy, Jessica & Nick

  6. James Edwin Mason

    Nephew Jimmy her loving Tokyo Joe my Aunt Rita always let me know at the end of a card or letter that I could talk to her about anything I loved her free spirit loving nephew Jimmy

  7. To the Family.
    You have my condolences and prayers for comfort during this time of transition.
    May you all be blessed with many years of happy and blessed memories.

    Rita and I were in Jr. High and Sr. High School together.

  8. Beverly F. Jennings

    My heartfelt condolences to you Marvin and All the family during this time of loss and sorrow. I will always have fond memories of your Mom and will smile when I recall the the good times and laughter we shared as well as the kindness and love she always showed me. She now rests in Heaven’s Glory.

  9. John Robert Browne

    I offer my sincere condolences to the family of Rita. She was a dear friend and I have fond memories of her so many years ago before I moved to California. May she rest in peace.
    John Robert Browne, class of 1958, East High School. San Diego, California

  10. Robert cassells

    My deepest condolences and empathy go out to the family, friends, and associates of my cousin Rita. I’m blessed to have known. She was real. Her references to the divine one and scriptures resonated to inspire me. The final phone call was not known to be such, but I’m so glad to have it remember. Much love to all.

  11. Beverly F. Jennings

    My heartfelt condolences to you Marvin and ALL the family during this time of sorrow and loss. I will always have fond memories of your Mom and the good times and laughter we shared as well as her kindness and love shown to me. She now rests in Heavenly Glory.

  12. Winston L Murray III

    Aunt Rita is at home with God, our family, our ancestors. She is no longer in pain nor suffering and I along with the rest of her family and friends find solace in knowing that. We will miss her but she is in the best possible hands with our Lord. I know that we will miss her and will have some hard days in the upcoming days, weeks, and months. We have to lean on God and one another during our hard moments and know that it is written: “God comforts those who grieve and are sorrowful.” God Bless Aunt Rita, the family, and her friends.

  13. I am very sad that another class member has passed on to another life .We knew each other from Junior High school thur High School. May her memories live long in the hearts of those who shared her life. David E Black 58

  14. To The Extended Families: My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. The Kearney family is a loving family who has experienced so much during the past twelve months. I hope you find solace in the coming days knowing that Rita is no longer in pain.

  15. Rosemary Candy Clinkscale

    To the family of Rita, so sorry for your loss! May your hearts not be troubled! God bless you all and your family, Rita was truly a blessing, as well as my very close friend, her sister Aloma! Your photo tribute to her life so memorable!
    Rosemary Candy Peal Clinkscale

  16. Daughter Yolonda

    My Mom was a Extraordinary woman. She was Kind and Beautiful. Mom never met a stranger. She will be missed by many as she continues her Journey.
    Love Forever,
    Daughter Yolonda

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