Rita Mae Bax, 75, of Westphalia, passed away Monday, January 24, 2022, at Stonebridge Senior Living – Westphalia Hills surrounded by her family after a battle with ALS.
She was born February 10, 1946, in Jefferson City, the daughter of Wilfred F. and Esther Ann (Kliethermes) Luebbert.
Rita attended St. Joseph Catholic School and was a 1964 graduate of Fatima High School.
She was united in marriage on October 17, 1964, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia to Elmer Bax who survives at the home.
Rita worked at International Shoe Company until 1970. She then spent the next 22 years providing child home care for her children, grandchildren, and other children in the area. Rita also worked for Scholastic for 18 years until her retirement.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia. She enjoyed catering events at the Westphalia Lions Club, walking, fishing, playing cards, family gatherings and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.
Survivors include her husband, Elmer Bax, Westphalia; five sons, Doug (Donna) Bax, Westphalia; Curt (Kelly) Bax, Westphalia; Mike (Stacey) Bax, Wardsville; Keith (Jill) Bax, Loose Creek; Jason “Henry” (Jody) Bax, Loose Creek; two brothers, Stan Luebbert, Westphalia; Ron (Abby) Luebbert, Westphalia; two sisters, Phyllis (Ralph) Brandt, Rich Fountain; Kathy (Steve) Krough, Albuquerque, NM; one sister-in-law, Margie Luebbert; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren, with a great-grandson due in March.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Ashley Bax; one grandson, Braden Bax; and a brother, Levoy Luebbert.
Visitation will be 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Westphalia.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Westphalia with the Rev. Anthony Viviano officiating.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the ALS Association Mid-America Chapter or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Westphalia is in charge of the arrangements.
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