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230 Russells Mills Road, South Dartmouth, MA

OBITUARY

Rita L. Audette

July 1, 1938July 6, 2020
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Rita Louise Audette (Souza), 82, died in her home surrounded by her loving family on July 6, 2020 in Dartmouth, MA. Her devotion to family and belief in God was pivotal during the good times and bad which ultimately provided the peace that she always displayed.

Rita was born on July 1, 1938 in New Bedford, MA to her parents, Victor T. Souza and Mary Souza. She married Bernard Audette on May 14, 1960. Rita graduated from Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in the year 1959. She worked for 40 years as a maternity nurse at Saint Luke’s Hospital. Following that, she worked for Dr. Gormley as a pediatric nurse. During her mother’s admission at Alden Court, Rita expressed unconditional devotion to patients and staff which led her to being hired as a provider.

Along with being a devoted health care provider, Rita always put her family before herself. She was known for being warm-hearted, selfless, and profoundly giving throughout her lifetime. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Rita, you could sense her authentic and loving empathy immediately.

Not only was family part of her primary focus, church and volunteering encompassed Rita’s daily life. She was involved in many ministries, including the Cursillo retreats, the Emmaus retreats, and the REC prison ministry. Also, Rita displayed spiritual devotion while serving as a Eucharistic minister and longtime parish member at Saint Julie Billiart Church.

Rita is survived by her three siblings: Rosemary Baptista and her late husband Joseph Baptista of Dartmouth, Ruth Anne Cafarelli and Thomas Sousa of New Bedford; three children and their spouses: Marc and Rhonda Audette of Dartmouth, Michelle and David Laporte of Tiverton, Melissa Audette and her companion John Burt of New Bedford; her 4 grandchildren, Matthew and wife Amanda Audette of Westport, Jenna and husband Keith Pereira of New Bedford, Krista and husband Ryan Resendes of Parkton, North Carolina; and Carissa Laporte of Tiverton; along with 6 great grandchildren; Dayton, Alivia, Meiya, Layla, Owen, and Emmett. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Bernard Audette; along with parents Victor and Mary Souza, and grandson Jacob Laporte. She was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be visiting hours from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 10 at the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. Her Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m. in St Julie Billiart Church, 494 Slocum Rd., Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, an option is a donation to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at P.O Box 849168, Boston MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift. For online tributes, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, face masks are mandatory during the visiting hours and funeral services.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 10, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial Private

Memories

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Joy & Joe Viveiros

July 12, 2020

Dear Melissa & Family,
Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to all of you. We met your loving Mom and Dad, volunteering for Prison Ministry and she was the most faithful, honest and caring person for all. She loved her family and spoke so often, of her precious children. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, at this trying time. Do know she loved her God and was indeed a woman of great faith. May you cherish all those memories you shared and keep them close to your heart.
God Bless,
Joy & Joe Viveiros

Nina (Barbero ) Mach

July 11, 2020

Hi ~~ i just wanted to extend my sympathy on your great loss.....i first met Rita & Bernie while in high school , through the CCD classes at St. Julies ...Many years later i was happy to be able to catch up with her whenever i brought my son to Dr. Gormley's office ~~~~ she always had a smile & was so nice to talk to ....I hope that good memories of her will help you through the difficult days

Frances vargas

July 11, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Rita's Family. Rita was the most loving and kindess person I have ever met. Rest in piece my dear neighbor.

Patricia Mortagua Carmo

July 10, 2020

Our family sends our deepest condolences to the fsmily. My mother and her mother were related on my Grandfather's Cardoza family. We are deeply saddened by your loss. May she rest in peace with our Lord.

Patricia E Ryan

July 10, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Rita was a caring pillar of strength to so many. We will miss her warm smile and the love she so willingly gave. Rest in peace dear friend.

Kathleen Horan McLean

July 10, 2020

My sincerest condolences to you all on the passing of your beloved Mom. I fondly recall her kindness to me over the years when I would see her. She was a beautiful, warm and loving person who I am sure you will all miss dearly. You are in my thoughts at this most difficult time.

Kathy Horan McLean

Lisa Yauch-Cadden

July 9, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She was a kind and dedicated participant in our Brain Builders classes in Dartmouth, sponsored by Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. We remember Rita as a warm and supportive friend to others in the group, always smiling, and eager to laugh. We will miss her very much and send our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.

In sympathy,
Lisa Yauch-Cadden and Kari Star
Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy

MELANIE Robbins

July 9, 2020

Rita was a neighbor of my parent Ron & Sue Cornell. I can't remember ever seeing Rita without a smile on her face. She was always so loving & caring. My mom & I ran into Rita and Melissa the end of last year and it felt like we had just saw her the day before even though it had been a few years. Rita will be deeply missed. Love and Condolences to all Family & Friends. The world has lost yet another wonderful person!!

Maureen Benjamin

July 9, 2020

I had the wonderful experience of working with Rita as a nurse in Maternity at St. Luke’s many years ago. She always had that beautiful smile on her face and was always willing to teach and help her co workers. God bless you Rita. My sincere condolences to her family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Laurie Boykin

July 9, 2020

Our deepest condolences to all of cousin Rita's family, I have very fond memories of visiting the whole family when I was a child. Even though we haven't seen each other in many years, she was always in my prayers. All My Love, Laurie and Wayne Boykin

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Biography

Rita Louise Audette (Souza), 82, died in her home surrounded by her loving family on July 6, 2020 in Dartmouth, MA. Her devotion to family and belief in God was pivotal during the good times and bad which ultimately provided the peace that she always displayed.

Rita was born on July 1, 1938 in New Bedford, MA to her parents, Victor T. Souza and Mary Souza. She married Bernard Audette on May 14, 1960. Rita graduated from Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in the year 1959. She worked for 40 years as a maternity nurse at Saint Luke’s Hospital. Following that, she worked for Dr. Gormley as a pediatric nurse. During her mother’s admission at Alden Court, Rita expressed unconditional devotion to patients and staff which led her to being hired as a provider.

Along with being a devoted health care provider, Rita always put her family before herself. She was known for being warm-hearted, selfless, and profoundly giving throughout her lifetime. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Rita, you could sense her authentic and loving empathy immediately.

Not only was family part of her primary focus, church and volunteering encompassed Rita’s daily life. She was involved in many ministries, including the Cursillo retreats, the Emmaus retreats, and the REC prison ministry. Also, Rita displayed spiritual devotion while serving as a Eucharistic minister and longtime parish member at Saint Julie Billiart Church.

Rita is survived by her three siblings: Rosemary Baptista and her late husband Joseph Baptista of Dartmouth, Ruth Anne Cafarelli and Thomas Sousa of New Bedford; three children and their spouses: Marc and Rhonda Audette of Dartmouth, Michelle and David Laporte of Tiverton, Melissa Audette and her companion John Burt of New Bedford; her 4 grandchildren, Matthew and wife Amanda Audette of Westport, Jenna and husband Keith Pereira of New Bedford, Krista and husband Ryan Resendes of Parkton, North Carolina; and Carissa Laporte of Tiverton; along with 6 great grandchildren; Dayton, Alivia, Meiya, Layla, Owen, and Emmett. She is preceded in death by her devoted husband, Bernard Audette; along with parents Victor and Mary Souza, and grandson Jacob Laporte. She was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be visiting hours from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 10 at the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. Her Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 10 a.m. in St Julie Billiart Church, 494 Slocum Rd., Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, an option is a donation to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at P.O Box 849168, Boston MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift. For online tributes, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, face masks are mandatory during the visiting hours and funeral services.

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