Rita Ellen Baker Suldrich

June 20, 1939May 25, 2018

Rita Ellen Baker Suldrich, age 78, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018, in Brunswick, GA. Rita was born in Catawba County on June 20, 1939 to the late Floyd Baker and Goldie Hefner Baker. In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by Richard F. Suldrich, Sr.; brother, Wayne Baker; and sister, Phyllis Baker Laney.

She is survived by her son, Richard Frank Suldrich, Jr. and wife, Victoria Lee of Brunswick, GA; brothers, Neil Baker and Eddie Baker of Conover; sister, Verna Baker Allen of Green Cove Springs, FL; grandchildren, Gage Suldrich and Kristen Suldrich.

Rita loved helping family and friends whenever she could. She loved all things Elvis, the Red Hat Society, traveling, and spoiling her grandkids. She was a very giving and selfless person.

A Celebration of her life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Scott Johnson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church cemetery immediately following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2126 St. Johns Church Rd., Conover, NC, 28613.

Condolences may be sent to the Suldrich family at

The Suldrich family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover


  • Visitation Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 31, 2018

Rita Ellen Baker Suldrich

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Amanda hardwick

June 12, 2018

I have known and loved Rita since 1979. She was such a joy to know. I always looked forward to our time together. Her giggle always made me laugh, and I loved her sweet spirit. I will forever be grateful for the times she made me feel special. Every time I hear an Elvis song it makes me think of my sweet friend.
So sorry for your loss Rick.

Linda Sweat

May 26, 2018

Rita and I have been close friends for many years. We enjoyed traveling together to her job training classes as well as her trips
back to North Carolina. My husband Rev. A.L. Sweat was honored to do a lot of the reconstruction on her home place in North
Carolina. I will always have such great memories of Rita, as we would joke and laugh about silly things. She loved to hear my
husband play his guitar and sing, sometimes with all her family in North Carolina around in her living room. I was also her
hairdresser for 40 years or more. I will miss her so badly but know that she is now in the arms of God, and out of pain. Rest
in peace Rita. With all my Love.