Serita “Rita” Lamb Steed, 90, was called home to her Lord and Savior,
the morning of Wednesday, June 29, 2022, where she was reunited with her husband, James Steed, of 70 years. She was born on January 1st, 1932 to Charles Gray Lamb and Beatrice Allred Lamb.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 301 S. Main Street, Randleman, NC. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00-10:45 at the church. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Rita was born Serita, a name given to her by her father, that she wasn’t very fond of; but the family loved. She was known as Rita to all those that knew and loved her, but to the family, she was our Mamaw. She graduated from Randleman High School, Class of 1950. Her favorite job in high school was working at the movie theater in downtown Randleman in the ticket office. She married James A. Steed in June of ‘51. Rita was a native of Randleman, and lived her whole life there. She worked at Randleman Savings and Loan, and then moved to the First Union National Bank. Rita was a faithful lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Randleman, and loved her Sunday school class. Rita is survived by her Son; Jim Steed (Pam); Daughter, Kathryn Simpson (Gene); Daughter in Law, Jackie Steed; Sister, Kay Holder; Brother-in-law, Bill Steed, Sister- in-law, Annette Hicks; Grandchildren: Paige Elliott (Brad), Jared Steed, Andrew Simpson, Abigail Stubelt (Jared), and Angel Simpson. Great Grandchildren: Lanie, Blakeley and Ainsley Elliott, and Jace Steed.
Rita was small in stature but big in heart. She had the best laugh, and always found away to bring joy into everyday simple conversations. Warmth and kindness were with her always. A family woman, always proud of her children and obsessed with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lit up any time that one of her loved ones or friends walked into the room. She didn’t just love the people in her life, but the animals too. She never missed sneaking a snack to one of the family dogs underneath the table each dinner they were around. She and Papaw created cards
from their computer for every life occasion, and made sure that birthdays, and every holiday that her family knew she was thinking about them. She always had a camera on her and documented her loved ones' lives faithfully. She was the kind of neighbor that you would want or that we should all strive to be, loving on and caring for those around her. Her favorite place in the world was Topsail Island and she worked hard alongside her husband to create a place that her family would have for years to come. She was willing to drop everything to help those around her and never missed making a phone call for a significant life event, or to just check in on her people. She made the world's best persimmon pudding and pecan pie. You could find her most days working around her house, creating a beautiful space, and spending time in the kitchen or outside checking in on her husband, our Papaw as she affectionately called him later in life. It takes a village to raise a child but it also has been our blessing with our village of caretakers for mom. Sandy Spainhour, Kay Simpson, Cheryl Pegram and Mandy Phelps, we couldn’t have done the last several months without you and for that we are eternally grateful. We also wish to thank the staff at Clapps Convalescent Home for the excellent care given her while she was in their care. Our world is smaller without her in it, but we rejoice in our hope that lies in Christ alone. We are all better for knowing and loving our “Mamaw” Rita.
In leiu of flowers, memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church 301 S. Main Street, Randleman, NC 27317.