Ms. Rita Culp Stewart of Mechanicsville, formerly of South Boston, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the age of 72; surrounded by her children. 

She was born in Northumberland, Pennsylvania on Nov. 28, 1947 to the late Ralph W. and Lorena Bohner Culp.

Rita was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Her hobbies included cross- stitching, crocheting and quilting.

She was particularly proud of the number of veterans in her family. The loves of her life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Jeff Stewart, Tammie S. Saunders and husband Phillip and Shawn Stewart; sister Georgianna Marks and husband Robert; sister in law Juanita Culp; grandchildren, Phillip Saunders II (Heidi), Brooke Fogleman (Steven), Jacob Saunders (Marcia), Caleb Stewart, Eric Stewart, Hannah Saunders (Jacob Dunlap),  Abbie Saunders, Aiden Stewart and Riley Stewart; great-grandchildren, Hayden Nichols, Grayson Dunlap, Taylor Saunders, Elsie Kate Saunders, Beau Carrington Saunders and Bennett Fogleman; and special friends, Carolyn and Jim Chandler and Vicky Allen.

In addition to her parents, her siblings, Sandra Culp, Dottie Snyder, Woody Culp, Penny Ludwig and Ginny Marks, also preceded her in death.

The family requests in lieu of flowers to consider making memorial contributions to the Halifax County Cancer Association, PO Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558.

A private family ceremony is planned for Sunday, May 17, 2020.

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The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services, South Boston.