Rita McLanahanfolder obit pic

1929 – 2017

Rita Nichols Wagnon McLanahan passed away at the age of 87 on April 5, 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK of natural causes.

Rita was born on November 11, 1929 in Clinton, OK to Delpha Oral Nichols and Mahala Lee (Crow) Nichols. She was the youngest of three children. She graduated from Clinton High School, being voted most popular girl. She attended OSU and then Southwestern in Weatherford where she met and married Buck Wagnon. They raised 4 daughters that she was very proud of. Rita was a successful real estate agent and continued her successful career in Edmond until 2012. Her free time was spent with family and friends going to movies and playing cards. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and her best friends Bonnie and Jane.

Rita is survived by her 4 daughters, Carol Schuster and husband Mike, Rhonda Dimperio, Lisa Johnson and husband Cliff, Jennifer Harraman and husband Ken; 8 grandchildren, Sarah Ivey, Jon Schuster and wife Emily, Emily Dimperio, Thomas Dimperio, Reed Johnson, Brady Johnson, Preston Harraman, and Andrea Harraman; a beloved niece, Cheryl Lowry and beloved nephews, Rick Lindley and Steve Nichols. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Ella Babe Lindley, brother Bobby Nichols and grandson Brian Greene.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond, OK.


  1. Mother,
    Thank you for your guidance, wisdom and enduring love.
    You were such a beautiful witness for Christ and I know you are in His loving arms.
    Until we meet again……

    Your loving daughter,

  2. Dear Carol, Rhonda, Lisa and Jennifer,
    How I loved your Mother! I’m so sorry that I just found out about your mom as I would have loved to have been there to celebrate her life. What a joy she was and what a gracious woman she was…always in all circumstances. Rita was giving and caring and she raised four beautiful daughters.

    I love you all. My sympathies to each one of you that she’s not here anymore and I know so many will miss her. Her life is reflected in each one of you. So grateful that because of Jesus Christ we will see her again.

    Praying today for you and your families.

    Love you,
    Connie Sanderson Goodson

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