Ardith Rae Davitt Carper Gross
1932 - 2021
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Ardith Rae Davitt Carper Gross (12/14/1932 - 2/5/2021) died in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a real trooper who did not have a poker face and took advantage of losing her filter by saying what was on her mind. Ardi was a farm girl from Jennings, KS who traveled with her first husband to many Air Force bases around the country. When she settled in Omaha, NE she became a Registered Nurse and met the love of her life on a blind date. They moved to Baton Rouge in 1973 and continued to travel; meeting and impacting many friends along the way. It is difficult talking about Ardi in the singular because she was always doing things with and for her family. She promoted Special Olympics so it would prosper and help her son thrive. She promoted the Pre-Teen America Program to help her daughter and many young women around the country. She promoted LSU Firemen Training and IFSTA because those were important to her husband. Making sure her family was happy, thriving and prosperous were what motivated her every day. Ardith is preceded in death by her husband of almost 51 years, Arlen, and her son, Rodney Carper. She is survived by her four children Forrest (Arlene) Carper, Michael Carper (Sharon), Greg Gross & Amy Gross. Ardith loved being Mimi to her grandchildren: Cody (Stefanie) Carper (Houston, TX), Whitney (Jay) Carper Harrison (Austin, TX), Robert (Laura) Carper (Holden, LA) and Carlene (Wes) Martin (Spring Lake, NC) AND her great-grandchildren: Garrison, Liliana, Jack, Alaina, Wells, Scarlett, Winston, MaLou. Over the years she also "adopted" many other children; of special note are Kyong Harris and Dr. Jason Cormier. A celebration of life memorial service will be held in March. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Louisiana Special Olympics (www.laso.org) in Ardith's honor. G'night Princess.

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Published in The Advocate from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2021.
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