Rita Mae, a native of Baton Rouge, passed away on December 4, 2012. She was born on September 20, 1923 and was a 1942 graduate of St. Joseph's Academy. She was an employee of Simon Furniture until she met the love of her life, Felix Paul "Vic" Vicknair. They married on April 22, 1950 and Rita became a dedicated wife and mother. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren and was an active volunteer at their schools and involved in their many activities. Rita and Vic were very proud to have all five of their children graduate from LSU. She was a devout Catholic and a charter parishioner of St. Louis King of France. She was an active member of the Ladies Altar Society and the Rosary Group. The Rosary will be said at 9 a.m. at St. Louis King of France on Monday, December 10. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian burial at noon, celebrated by the Rev. Jack Nutter and assisted by Rita's nephew, Deacon Randy Clement. Burial will be at Greenoaks Memorial Park. Reception will follow at the Queen Blanche Center at St. Louis King of France. She is survived by her three sons and two daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. J Paul Vicknair of San Bernardino, CA, Eric Vicknair of Baton Rouge, John Vicknair of Weatherford, TX, Larita and Brian Moorhead of Houston, TX and Rhonda and Jim Planchet of Hudson, OH; seven grandchildren, Scott Vicknair and his wife Hope, Lauren Vicknair, Bailie Moorhead, Elise, Jonathan, Janine, and Evan Planchet; one great grandchild, Scott Vicknair; sister-in-law, Eve Marchal Mitchell, niece, Debra Marchal Eidson, nephew, Carol Mitchell and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Felix Paul Vicknair; parents, Eugene and Marie Guillard Marchal; sisters, Frances Marchal and Marie Hains; brothers, Rene and Norman Marchal. Pallbearers will be Keith Arceneaux, Ralph Gueho, Billy Kirkpatrick, Sean Thomas, Anthony Vicknair and Denny Vicknair. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Charlie's Place Respite Center, 3772 North Blvd., Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. The family will be forever indebted and grateful to Lauren for the selfless commitment to her Maw Maw. The unconditional love and tender care she provided Maw Maw will always be remembered. The family has comfort knowing Mama and Daddy are together again! We love and miss you both. Visit the online guestbook at www.rabenhorst.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Dec. 6 to Dec. 10, 2012