Rita L. Bradley

Funeral services for Rita Bradley, 88, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. A Graveside Service will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, KS on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Please be aware that due to COVID-19 and safety precautions, we are asking people to respect and comply with social distancing and must wear a mask. Rita passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at her home.

Rita was born on March 29, 1932 in, Mapleton, KS, the daughter of David H. and Mattie (Miller) Vann.

Survivors include a canine companion, Zeke, and host of nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, three brothers, and seven sisters.

Rita will be lying in state 10:00 a.m. ~ 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, KS.

Memorial contributions may be made in Rita’s name to The Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

15 Condolences

  1. Nena Caro on February 5, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Aunt Rita, I will miss our talks & that big beautiful smile. You were truly a gem. Full of so much joy and laughter is how I will always remember you.

    Rest well

  2. Jerry Ohlmann on February 5, 2021 at 9:14 am

    I will miss you, in church. Sitting with your family and always smiling. Your warm and loving hug always made me feel blessed!! Thank you for sharing your friendship. Sister Ohlmann

  3. Marsha L Lyles on February 6, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Miss Rita-I will miss loving on you, you brought me such joy.
    My condolences to the family and friends

  4. Mr. Kim R. Wrench on February 6, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Dear Family,

    I am so sorry to have learned about cousin Rita. May she rest in peace! Rita and my Mom( Christine Vann- Wrench- Anthony) was first cousins.

    Love you all,
    Cousin Mr. Kim R. Wrench
    Kansas City, Mo

  5. Maurice and Linda Tiggs on February 7, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Aunt Rita,
    Maurice and I will be forever grateful for you opening your home to us when we moved from California last year. We are truly blessed for having had you in our lives and you will forever be loved and truly missed. Rest in peace.

  6. Stacey Smiley on February 8, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Aunt Rita
    This hole in my heart can never be filled from the loss of you. I will definitely miss our talks, going to church together, our laughs and our fun we always had together. You truly meant the world to me, and I will definitely cherish that you was in my life!! Rest Well Auntie, until we see each other again!!!!

  7. Derek A Walker on February 9, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    My personal journey with you will always be cherished. Your faith, tenacity, wisdom, vigor, strength, laughter, elegance and LOVE will always be remembered. You join hands now with those who have left before you. Your heavenly home welcomes you to share your stories and Ray Charles plays your favorite tune. Save a dance for me Auntie.
    Love Always and forever.

  8. Margarie Walker on February 9, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Aunt Rita you know how much joy and blessing you brought into my life, those beautiful trips, talks hanging out was so much fun, it will forever be in my heart, until we meet again love you and rest well

  9. Latavia Hill on February 9, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Aunt Rita,

    You have been one of the best influences I’ve had. I will forever miss your smile and our game show marathons. We always got the answers right and talked about how we should have our own team. I will always cherish the history of our ancestors that you shared with me too. You brought joy everywhere you went. Thanks for always reminding me of the goodness in others and in this world. Mayowa and I promise to make you proud. Rest in Paradise, thanks for always being my earthly angel.

  10. Mayowa Ojo on February 9, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Grandma, as I always call you, I believe you know how much you mean to us all. Your lovely smile and word of wisdom is a gift from God to humanity through you. The memories we shared together with you are so numerous that we will live to forever remember them. I will miss those times of good history, eating my favorite breakfast with you, and the best moment of having vanilla ice-cream together.
    Thank God for how you spent your life on earth, I love you and I will keep loving you. Death did not take you away, but you have gone to the right-hand side of the Lord to rest. Keep resting in the blossom of the Lord till we meet again. I want you to know that we will forever have you in our heart, thank you for living a selfless life. We have learned so much silently from you, your consistent devotional life, and your generous heart.
    I and Latavia will be sure to make you proud, in everything we do. We are glad you are no longer in pain. We love you, but God loves you more. Goodnight grandma.

  11. Gillis Michael Monroe on February 10, 2021 at 8:02 am

    On behalf of Aunt Rita, I want to thank 9th Street Missionary Baptist Church for your outpouring of love and affection. Consistently, cards were sent. COVID-19, did not allow visitors, however, members of the church called daily, it meant so much to her. During her illness, I asked her what she missed the most, her response “I miss church”. Every morning, when Aunt Rita was well, she could be found at the kitchen table reading her daily devotion and reading the Bible. I will miss the Wednesday noon Bible studies, with Aunt Rita. Nancy, Aunt Rita’s niece passed last year, she studied our lessons and assisted Aunt Rita. Aunt Rita was devastated by her loss and the loss of Lester Walker another close family member.

    To the family and friends, she loved us individually and accepted us collectively, for that reason she will always remain in our hearts.
    Thank you Visiting Nurses, Jaime, and Dr. Schnose; Therapy Works, Michael her Physical Therapist. Your love and compassion will never be forgotten.

    Lastly, Zeke her canine companion: Zeke a trained therapy canine, slept with Aunt Rita every night, and kept her company each and every day. He is mourning Aunt’s passing , and did not eat for several days. Upon his visitation at the mortuary, he was distraught and barked, as if to wake her up.
    Pray for Zeke as we continue to visit Nursing Homes and take care of the sick.

    Today “ This is a day the Lord hath made, rejoice and be glad”, we are sad and our hearts are heavy. She would want us to celebrate this day, as she sits in heaven with all her family and friends. She was a prayer warrior, gentle spirit, but, no push over.
    Always in our hearts……..our love for Aunt Rita, she would want you to help someone in need, pour it out , God will fill your hearts with overflowing love, as she has ours.

  12. Sherri Scott Nunez on February 10, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Auntie Rita. You are truly one of God’s angle’s. Thank you for always treating me like family you will be missed love you bunches ???? Rest easy ????

  13. Earl and Edwina Bradley on February 10, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Today our hearts are heavy. Our beloved sister-in-law has begun her life in heaven. We rejoice that she is with the Lord and is no longer in pain. She was such a joy to be around. We always looked forward to our visits with she and Henry. She always made us feel so welcome and went out of her way to make us comfortable. Rita was a wonderful wife. Her devotion to Henry during his illness was an example to all of us. We find solace in knowing that she has been reunited with Henry, Mattie, Deborah and all of those who have gone on before her. Rest In Peace dear Rita. You have been a good and fateful servant.

  14. Judy Lee & family on February 10, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Aunt Rita you were a phenomenal woman. I can not account for one single time you did not have a beautiful smile on your face. Always ready and willing to give a heartfelt hug and a sincere how are you when meeting. Always so happy sweet and kind. You will be dearly missed. Thank you for always making us feel like part of the family. Such a beautiful soul.

  15. Craig Byers on February 11, 2021 at 10:47 am

    The Harvey/ Byers family want to extend our deepest condolences to the family. Prayers and peace be with you.

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