Rita Armel, 85

Rita M. Armel, 85, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 1:55 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at Covington Manor Nursing Center, Fort Wayne.Born Oct. 3, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Loren B. and Rosella J. (Arens) Sanders.She attended Precious Blood School, graduated from Central Catholic High School and continued her education at the University of Oregon.On Feb. 14, 1946, she married Elmer Dewitt Armel in Fort Wayne.She lived in Fort Wayne most of her lifetime except for the years she resided in Columbia City from 1973 to 2004.Prior to her retirement in 1973, she was employed for 14 years by the accounts receivable department of the Fort Wayne Crosby Group, American Hoist and Derrick Manufacturers chain.Since 1973, she has been a member of First Church of God, Columbia City.Survivors include her daughter, Sandra K. Armel of Fort Wayne and sister-in-law, Geraldine Sanders of Sacramento, Calif.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer Dewitt Armel; and brothers, Larry and Gerald Sanders. Visitation is Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.The funeral service is Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jim Martin of First Church of God officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove (Compton) Cemetery, Columbia City. Memorials may be given in memory of Mrs. Armel to First Church of God Mission Outreach.Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.