Norita “Annie” Lightfoot
Age 81, of East Sparta, passed away Sat., July 24, 2021. She was born May 12, 1940 in Canton, a daughter of the late Lewis Rice and Dorothy (Neading) Rice Patterson Richenbach, and was a life resident of East Sparta. Annie was a 1958 graduate of Sandy Valley High School. She had worked at Custard’s Last Stand, Mimi’s Restaurant, and Jack’s Quick Shake. She was a member of East Sparta Christian Church, the Auxiliary of Isaac L. Kinney American Legion Post #244, the Fire Dept. Auxiliary, Canton South AARP, and WILS Chapter 72. Annie was one of a number of auxiliary members who would always show up at a fire with food and beverages for the fire fighters.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Rice, and a brother-in-law, Richard Freitag. Annie is survived by her husband, Johnny H. Lightfoot, with whom she celebrated their 47th Wedding Anniversary on Sept. 30th, one daughter, Sonia (Bob) Bay, a son, William Wilson, a step-daughter, Devonne (Shawn) Muldowney, eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, one sister, Sue Freitag, one brother, James “Bud” (Jean) Rice, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Rice.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., August 7, 2021 at 2 p.m. in the East Sparta Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Annie’s memory may be made to the East Sparta Christian Church, PO Box 476, East Sparta, OH 44626. Condolences may be sent to: www.gordonfuneralhomes.com
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