Rita Bares Raphael
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Rita Bares Raphael
  • September 5, 1944 - January 14, 2018
  • Louisiana

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Rita Bares Raphael, aged 73, departed this life on January 14, 2018. Rita was born in New Orleans on September 5, 1944, eldest child of Frank R. Bares and Rita Ary Bares. She grew up on Scott Street in Mid-City and attended Sacred Heart High School. In 1965, Rita graduated as an R.N. from Charity School of Nursing and married high school sweetheart David C. Raphael. After nursing school, she worked at the ENT Hospital downtown and at East Jefferson General Hospital. From the early '70s through the early '80s, Rita focused on raising her family in Metairie. She participated at her children's schools, played tennis at Beach Club, and remained active in Sacred Heart and Charity alumni networks. She later worked at Browne-McHardy Clinic and in her husband's dental office, both in Metairie. From the mid-'90s on, she relished being a grandmother and caring for elderly family members. Riri, as she was known to her grandchildren, cared for others in concrete ways without question, without hesitation, and without condition.
Preceded in death by her father, Frank R. Bares (d. 1957), her mother Rita Ary Bares (d. 2014), and her brother Frank R. Bares, Jr. Survived by her husband David C. Raphael, Sr.; Rebecca M. Raphael, David C. Raphael, Jr., and Claire J. Raphael (children), Diana R. Raphael (daughter-in-law); Corey Moody, Jr, Amanda E. Raphael, and Alejandro D. Raphael (grandchildren); Patricia Bares Anderson, Cindy Bares Burke, and Kathy Bares Helmer (sisters); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m., followed by Mass at 12:00 p.m. and internment at Lakelawn Metairie Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant House and The Good Shepherd School on Baronne Street.