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Ludowici woman dies in Florida hospital after accident
Rita Simmons Deen 1
Rita Simmons Deen

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction. An earlier version of this online article incorrectly listed Rita Simmons Deen's occupations. She was the daughter of a retired tax commissioner and worked at Ludowici Bank. It also mispelled the name of one of the probate judge candidates. The correct spelling is Teresa Odum. The Coastal Courier regrets the errors.

A Ludowici woman and candidate for Long County probate judge died Sunday in a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital after an accident, according to an obituary posted on a local funeral home’s website.

Rita Simmons Deen, 47, died at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, according to the obituary posted on Howard Funeral Home of Ludowici’s website.

Further details on the accident were not immediately available.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later.

The obituary says family and friends will gather at the home of her mother, Lillian Simmons, and that family and friends are welcome to sign the online register

According to a candidate profile in the May 15 Coastal Courier, Deen was the daughter of a retired tax commissioner and was born and raised in Long County, as well as living there most of her life.

She worked for the clerk of Superior Court in Glynn County and at Ludowici Bank. She was employed at Dunham Enterprises Inc.

Deen finished third in a three-way race for the nonpartisan seat last week. Bobby Smith and Teresa Odum advanced to the July 26 runoff for the seat.

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