Beach Memorial Chapel

301 Corey Ave, ST Pete Beach, FL


Josie Rita Baylies

January 27, 1922June 21, 2020

Josie Rita Baylies, 98, of St. Pete Beach, FL passed away on Sunday June 21, 2020 after a valiant battle with dementia. Rita was born January 27, 1922 to Norman and Sarah George in Hearts Content, Newfoundland, Canada.

Rita came to the United States from Newfoundland in 1946 and while living in Boston Massachusetts, she met Robert Ray Baylies. They were married in 1947 going on to have two children, Marilyn G. (Ruzicka) and Robert L. Baylies.

Rita soon found herself in the role of an Army wife joining her husband as they traveled the world for the next 20 years.

In 1965 Rita came to settle in St. Pete Beach. She became active in the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, Retired Officers Wife’s Club, Pass- A-Grill Women’s Club and served as its President, Broad Reachers (the woman’s organization of Pass-A-Grill Yacht Club) and St. Albans’ Episcopal Church. Rita would often be found dressing up as Santa’s Helper during the holiday season, visiting local nursing homes.

Subsequent to the death of her husband Bob of 34 years, Rita found a special companion to enjoy life. George Burcal soon became a true gift for Rita. In the next 26 years Rita would continue to enjoy life with George, traveling and becoming involved with her clubs and watching grandchildren and great grandchildren join her family.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bob and her Companion George. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn B. Ruzicka and her son Robert L., four grandchildren, Michael, Daniel, Benjamin and Sarah and three great-grandchildren, Emily, Alex and Connor.

Due to Covid19 guideline, a Celebration of Life is anticipated next year.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Josie Rita Baylies

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Nicholas Miller

July 10, 2020

Aunt Rita, you were of great comfort to me during times of loss and military duty. Your whole family were "open arms" in many ways to all of us despite your own hardships. Marilyn and Bob as well as the rest of the Baylies families our hearts are heavy at this time. Though her life of warmth will forever shine. We hope all of you can "reach out" for a comforting word when the need arises.

Harriet Heller

July 8, 2020

Rita was always so sweet when she visited our office. She always brought a beautiful smile. I know her friends and family will miss her.

Christine Young

July 5, 2020

Just remembering the few times you had gatherings in her home and how much she enjoyed all the company ... she was a sweet lady and you were an excellent daughter and oh my gosh you look just like her in her younger years! May God comfort you and your family❤️ In the months to come!

Beverly Santo

July 5, 2020

I remember Rita for her love of parties and socializing. Always enjoyed her Boat Parade parties She was a fun and gracious host. A very spunky lady!😊

Christine Breedlove

July 4, 2020

I am gonna miss my Ms.Rita at arbor oaks her playing bingo coloring and painting with me!! She was such an awsome and amazing women she loved our entertainment on Friday ...R.I.P. Ms .Rita u were truly one of a kind!!!

Amanda Critch

July 4, 2020

I will always cherish my many summer visits to my beautiful Great aunt Rita ... I had heard my dad speak of her many times growing up and I will never forget the day I got to meet her! Rest In Peace my beauty... your forever in my heart! Lots of love from your Newfie Family In Canada 🇨🇦