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Rita Helen Barao

October 26, 1926 ~ January 18, 2019 (age 92)


Rita Helen (Vanasse/Baptiste) Barao 92, of Colorado Springs, Colorado passed away Friday, January 18, 2019.  She was the wife of the late Arthur Barao.

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Marion Vanasse.  She resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado since September, 2015.

She graduated from St. Hyacinth School and Kinyon Business School.  Rita was retired from her position as Office Manager of Hemingway Transport in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Barao leaves one daughter, Donna Jean Baptiste; and her husband, David Golas of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was the mother of the late Alan John Baptiste and his wife, Lisa Girouard Benson of Hihei, Hawaii. 

Also surviving Mrs. Barao are six grandchildren, Brett Aaron Baptiste Golas of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Courtney Amanda Torres and her husband, Angel Torres of Spangalan, Germary; Tara Marie Baptiste of Miami, Florida, Alan John Baptiste and his wife, Tara Baptiste of Hihei, Hawaii, Julie Golas of Estelline, South Dakota, and David Peter Golas of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  She had 11 great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Mount Carmel Council of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and Saint Julies Church in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

A celebration of her life was held February 2, 2019 at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  A service in New Bedford, Massachusetts will be announced in the spring, 2019.

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