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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rita Carol Baisden, daughter of David and Catherine Baisden. She passed away at the age of 70 on Sunday, March 13, 2022.
Rita was born on June 5, 1951 in West Virginia, and lived much of her life in Chicago, Illinois before retiring to Shreveport, Louisiana. Rita was a woman of God who lived her life in the way that her Lord commanded.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Danny Ray and Jimmie.
She is survived by her brother, Earl; sisters, Davida, Kathy Sue, Jeannie and Colleen; nieces and nephews, Lisa, Dreama, Tyrone, Brian, Tammy, Angela, Katie, Johnathan, Britney, David, Brandon, Miranda, Sheena, MaLeena, Joshua, Tabetha, Kaylie, Gillian and Danny Ray; as well as her great-nieces and great-nephews and many other family members who loved her dearly.
Rita was very selfless. She loved all of her family dearly. Chances are when you graduated high school Rita was there to celebrate with you. If you lived out of town, Rita brought us all to visit you. If you got married, Rita was at your wedding. Sometimes, maybe she couldn't be there, but she genuinely tried for everyone. If you were near by her, she would always remember to get you a Christmas present, birthday present, and even an Easter present. Even when she had very little to give, she would always find a way to give. This type of stuff is how Rita showed you her love. She went the extra mile.
Funeral Services honoring Rita's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana. A visitation will be held for family and friends Tuesday, March 15, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the funeral service in Forest Park West Cemetery, 4000 Meriwether Road, Shreveport, Louisiana. All family and friends are welcome to attend her services to help us celebrate Rita's life and say goodbye to our beloved NaNa.
She pretty much spent her entire life looking out for all of us. She was always someone that we all knew we could trust. She never had children of her own, or ever got married. But helping to raise all of us, was a job she always carried. She helped mommy and daddy thru everything it seemed. While everyone else was following their own dreams. Nobody ever told her that she had to live for all of us. She just took the job all on her own, and never made a fuss. She tried her best to give us all a good life when we were growing up. And whenever something important was happening, Rita was always showing up. She was there taking us to all the places where all the other kids would go. Amusement parks, out to dinner, and always a movie show. She took us to church, to camp, to parties, just like any good mom would do. And when times got hard for any of us, she always came thru. I bet she never really knew how much we all appreciated all those things she did. And she started helping mommy and daddy with everything when she, herself, was just a kid. They just don't make them like Rita anymore, she was truly one of a kind. All the things she did for us, has never left my mind. We all love her so very much, and we all know that there will never be another. She was more than just our sister; she was to us and a lot of our kids just like a second mother. We don't want to say goodbye and we sure didn't want to let her go. I just wrote all this down, because I want to let everyone know. Rita made such a difference in all of our lives and we all love her more than any words can say. And none of us will ever forget all she has done for us until our dying day.
We love you NaNa.