Rita Sue Helsel, better known to those close to her as “Rita Hobbs-Helsel,” age 74, of New Port Richey, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2023. Rita was born in Logan County, West Virginia on November 28, 1948 to the late Elmer C. Hobbs and Margaret L. (Jones) Hobbs. She graduated from Gulf High School and went on to work at Eckerd’s Drug Store in New Port Richey as well as Pompano Beach. Rita later worked at the 1st National Bank of New Port Richey as a Teller, as a Waitress at the famous Pappas Restaurant in Tarpon Springs, and finally, as a Secretary for Kelly Girls in Ironton, Ohio. Rita was a Methodist and loved her church and God. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing her vinyl albums and listening to music. Rita was very independent and loved her family. She is survived by her brothers, Greg Hobbs and Glen Hobbs, both of Florida; her sister, Jane Laws, of Tennessee; as well as many nieces, nephews, family members, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Rita’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home located at 5228 Trouble Creek Rd. New Port Richey, FL 34652.