Rita A. Spalding Franks
December 31, 1956 - January 13, 2019
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Kilpatrick Funeral Homes - Ruston
209 North Bonner
Ruston, LA 71270
318-255-2832 | Map
Thursday 1/17, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Kilpatrick Funeral Homes - Ruston
209 North Bonner
Ruston, LA 71270
318-255-2832 | Map
Thursday 1/17, 10:00 am

Visitation for Rita A. Franks, age 62, will be held at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, Ruston, at 9:00 AM Thursday, January 17, 2019, with a Memorial Service to follow at 10:00 AM. Rev. Mary Spalding will officiate.Mrs. Franks was born December 31, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and died January 13, 2019 in Ruston, Louisiana.Rita was…

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Sabrina Brown-Hunt left a message on January 22, 2019:
I did not know Rita but she sounds awesome. My deepest condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. RIH
JJ left a message on January 18, 2019:
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs. Franks for your loss. No doubt she lived a fulfilling life, she loved her family, and I know you will miss her dearly. I hope you can draw comfort from Gods word, as I have, where He promises us that there is going to be a resurrection and that we can be reunited with our loved ones again - right here on the earth. (John 5:28,29; Psalms 37:9,10) If you’d like to read more comforting thoughts from Gods word, and his plan for our future, please visit the Bible based website - jw.org.
Cher DeKraker left a message on January 17, 2019:
Mike, Luke, Vince and Spalding Family. My heart breaks to learn of Rita’s sudden passing. She was the sweetest, kindest person I’ve ever had the pleasure to call my friend. Loved her dearly. And she will be greatly missed. Know that my love, thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Linda Franks left a message on January 17, 2019:
So sorry for your loss.
Michael McDonnell left a message on January 17, 2019:
Mike, Luke, Vince and all the family, friend and coworkers I do not know. You have my heartfelt condolences. I worked with Rita at Western Michigan. She was always the consummate professional. You could not ask for a better, more caring advisor and guide. And she was great fun. She gave us all so much. I can imagine your sorrow. Find strength in family and friends. She would want your happiness.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Robin Williams left a message on January 17, 2019:
Rita and I were co-workers at Western Michigan University Libraries. I vividly remember Rita's wonderful laugh and sparkling eyes. She was always gracious ... a truly gentle soul. My thoughts are with family and friends as they make their way through one of life's greatest transitions.
Mary Ross left a message on January 17, 2019:
I had the pleasure of working with Rita for many years at Western Michigan University. Our loss was Louisiana Tech University's gain. My thoughts are with her family and friends.
Cindy Jensen Sprowl left a message on January 17, 2019:
Mike, your life was greatly enriched by Rita. I hope that your beautiful memories will help ease your loss. Sending prayers.
Maria Perez-Stable left a message on January 16, 2019:
Rita was my colleague at the Western Michigan University Libraries for several decades. She was terrific to work with, and I was so happy that she went on to have an even more brilliant career when she moved to Louisiana. She left us much too soon, and I will be keeping all of her family in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless.
Sheila Bair left a message on January 16, 2019:
Dear Michael and family, so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. We worked together at WMU for many years. She was always professional, knowledgeable, and very sweet. My sincere condolences.
Newell Franks left a message on January 16, 2019:
Mike and children. So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife and mother.
Brandi Burnham left a message on January 16, 2019:
Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of Mrs. Franks. We were blessed to have known her over the years. ~Willis Knighton Cardiology Family
Vivian McCain left a message on January 16, 2019:
My sincere condolences on Rita's passing. I always enjoyed working with Rita in the library world. She was a great sounding board and provided good insight into various situations. She will be missed. Prayers for comfort and peace that only comes from our Lord.
Cynthia DuBois left a message on January 16, 2019:
So very sorry to hear of Rita's passing. So heartbreaking. Rita was a gentle, kind person who will be greatly missed by anyone fortunate enough to have met her.
Rebecca Brantley left a message on January 16, 2019:
I was saddened to hear of Rita's death. It was a pleasure to work with her at the Tech Library, and I know that she will be greatly missed by her fellow colleagues . . . She was a lovely person. My condolences to Mike and her family members.
Steve and Linda Pfenning left a message on January 16, 2019:
Mike, Steve and I are so very sorry to hear of Rita's sudden passing. We are praying for you and your family.
Steve Tonnette Rees left a message on January 16, 2019:
We will be praying for your family. Rest in Peace
Sharon Moren left a message on January 16, 2019:
Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences for your sudden loss.
Sue Svoboda left a message on January 15, 2019:
When thinking of Rita I always think of how sweet she was and always wanting to be helpful. My prayers are with you all as you navigate this time without her.
Stephanie Braunstein left a message on January 15, 2019:
Enjoyed working with Rita in Louisiana libraries and in LLA. She will be missed by many in our profession.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Tom Knight left a message on January 15, 2019:
My sincere condolences and prayers to Rita's family.
Steve Eldridge left a message on January 15, 2019:
So sorry to learn of your wife's passing, Mike.My thoughts are with you and your entire family.
Barbara Ann Doubleday left a message on January 15, 2019:
Mike I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
MARTY HART left a message on January 15, 2019:
MIKE & FAMILY IM SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS OF RITA MAY GOD GIVE YOU PEACE & PRAYERS FOR YOU & FAMILY, YOUR FRIEND MARTY HART
pam spalding left a message on January 15, 2019:
my dearest sweet sister..... i will miss you. i love you bumpches as'we always said
Vickie Grim left a message on January 15, 2019:
Sorry for your loss.Praying for you & your family at this time.
Vicky Harrison left a message on January 15, 2019:
I am so sorry for your family's loss. Prayers for your family.
Keith & Diann Easterday left a message on January 15, 2019:
Mike we are so sorry to hear this.
Cathy Beach left a message on January 15, 2019:
Mike and family my sincere sympathy in the loss of your wonderful wife, mother, sister Rita. Prayers for you all as you deal with her heart breaking untimely passing. Rest In Peace Rita.
Mary Burke Stephens left a message on January 15, 2019:
I am deeply saddened for the loss of cousin Rita. She was an accomplished server of mankind and the world is better for her presence. Her passing is tragic for all her loved ones. I am praying for all my Spalding cousins.
Sonnet Ireland left a message on January 15, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. For our loss. She was an amazing woman who made a big difference in Louisiana libraries and in the lives of so many librarians. I will miss her terribly.
Nancy Soakding left a message on January 15, 2019:
We are grieving with you, and rejoicing for having had Rita in our lives.
Kilpatrick Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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