Rita Margaret Sprague

Saturday 29th of December 1923 - Thursday 12th of January 2023

Rita Margaret Sprague



Jan 19, 2023 (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)


391 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY

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Graveside Service

Jan 19, 2023 (2:30 pm )

Camp Nelson National Cemetery

6980 Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY

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Rita Margaret Sprague, 99 and widow of James Alvah “Jim” Sprague, passed away on January 12, 2023. She was born to the late Joseph Pavick and Frances Bauer Pavick on December 29, 1923 in Crenshaw, PA. She was a member of the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Rita served honorably as a U.S. Army nurse during World War II, and achieved the rank of 2nd Lt. After military service, she earned a B.A. in nursing from Jersey City State College (NJ). She was a teaching and school nurse in New Jersey and transitioned to being an excellent homemaker for her family in Lexington.

Rita is survived by two sons, Michael (Joann) Sprague of Pittsburgh, PA and Paul (Oriana) Sprague of Lexington; daughter-in-law, Susan Sprague; numerous grandchildren; sister-in-law, June Pavick; and many cousins. In addition to her husband of 74 years and her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Steven Sprague, and five siblings.

Services Thursday, January 19th: Milward-Southland: visitation from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.; Camp Nelson National Cemetery: graveside service at 2:30 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, donations encouraged to Christ the King School (https://ctkschool.net/).

Guest Book

Theresa McCarty and James Williams


I knew Mrs. Sprague as the mother of dear friends. She was an amazingly gracious, intelligent, and sweet lady, and will be sorely missed. She was cherished by her family.

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