Crites nee Bardot, Rita Marie

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011
Time: 2:00 to 8:00 PM with rosary service at 7:30 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM Mass

Service Location:
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Luebbering, MO

St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Luebbering, MO

Memorials / Donations:
none specified


Rita Marie Crites of Lonedell, MO departed this life at her home on Monday, November 7, 2011 having reached the age of seventy-six years, two months and eighteen days. Rita was born in Lonedell on August 20, 1935 daughter of Lawrence Raymond Bardot, known to most as Raymond, and Annie Isabella Bardot nee McDermott. On June 1, 1957 she was united in marriage to Howard Richard Crites and one daughter came to bless this union.

Rita is survived by her husband, Howard Crites of Lonedell, MO; by her daughter, Catherine Mason of St. Peters, MO; by two grandchildren, Elizabeth Herbert and husband, Brian, of Warrenton, MO and Kristen Mason of St. Louis, MO; by her brother, Robert Bardot and wife, Joan, of Lonedell; by her former son-in-law, Craig Mason of St. Peters; by her sister-in-law, Lucille Heitzenroeder and husband, Earl, of High Ridge, MO; by nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Annie Bardot.

Rita was a Christian and life long member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Luebbering, MO and was also an active member of St. Annís Ladies Sodality. Rita also served on the picnic committee at the church and had been the church secretary for about ten years. Rita loved piecing quilts as well as quilting them, especially at the church each week. She was a member of the Piecemakers Quit Club and enjoyed the many friends she made through her quilting hobby. Her many handmade quilts will be treasured family heirlooms forever. She loved her family and the precious memories created will be cherished forever. She was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first great-granddaughter.

A kind, devoted and loving wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, aunt, great aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with rosary services at 7:30 PM. Funeral mass was held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Luebbering with Father Vincent Nyman officiating. Interment was in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Luebbering, MO.