Obituary for Rita Deniese Morey


Rita Deniese Morey

May 20, 1953 - September 18, 2020

Rita Deniese Morey was born May 20, 1953 at Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, IN to Mary Rice Morey and Wade Morey.

Rita attended School #43 during her elementary school years. Even at this early age, her family could tell she would always be the “life of the party” and “class clown”. Rita accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church by the late great Pastor Albert Wadsworth. After grade school, she attended Broad Ripple High School where she took a great interest in the musical arts and joined The Broad Ripple High School Gospel Choir, as well as, The Messiah Missionary Baptist Youth Choir. During high school, Rita attended the Upward Bound Program through Indiana University.

Rita graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1971 and went on to attend Indiana State University. While at Indiana State University, Rita majored in Criminology and minored in African-American Studies. On May 2, 1975, Rita became a proud member of DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, Inc. Rita was a member of the Zeta Nu chapter and was Vice-Rock of her line. Rita and the other illustrious ladies of “THE NINE SHINING STARS OF DST” worked to better the community of Terre Haute, IN while as undergraduates in the sorority. In 1976, Rita graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Criminology. Later that same year, Rita relocated to California to pursue her goal of becoming a Corrections Officer. Rita was the first African American female Warden in Mira Loma, CA.

In 1976, Rita united in holy matrimony to Wade Wideman. There were no children from this union.

In 1986, Rita made her way back home to Indianapolis, IN to continue her work in the corrections field. She worked as the Director of Direct Care staff, CRF for 10 years before her health began to decline.

Rita loved to travel and after her retirement, she crisscrossed the nation visiting family, friends, and sorority sisters. Rita also loved watching movies (her favorites were lifetime movies), spending time with family and friends, especially during the holiday season. Recently, she loved spending time with her two brand new Great-Great Nieces. Rita would tell anyone who listened that she was a Great-Great-Great Aunt. Rita’s nieces and nephews were her pride and joy. Rita was also a bit of a fashionista and could always be seen dawned in the hottest new designer trends, clothes, and shoes. Rita’s first love was always music. Rita would sing along in the car, at home, and even in the shopping mall. Whenever a tune that she loved came on, Rita would strike up a note. Rita’s first, last, and forever love was Michael Jackson. If he sang it or starred in it, Rita was the first one to buy it!

Rita made her final transition from labor to rest on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 6:00 am. Her mother, Mary Rice-Morey; father, Wade Morey; sister, Maybell Underwood; and 2 infant brothers, proceed her in death.

To cherish her memory, she leaves niece, Sheena Hughes; greatnieces, Michelle (William) Edwards, and Monica Poindexter; great-greatnieces, Cierre’ Maxey, Mia Poindexter; great-greatnephews, Isaiah Poindexter, Anthony Edwards; two great-great greatnieces; Godson, Adam Spencer; special friend, Marc Bacon, all of Indianapolis, IN; and many other sorority sisters, family, and friends.

Gregory Martin posted on October 3, 2020

Your laughter and smile will forever be close to my heart....❤️

Larry Dodson posted on September 28, 2020

Rita is gone but will never be forgotten. she reminded me of a song by Gladys Knight; "The Way We Were". While we will truly miss her, she is now in a better place than we all live in; no more suffering, and no more pain. This Alpha will always remember you, and your laughter near the end as you endured the discomfort. Your laughter was contagious, and you'll be remembered for it RIP! Larry Dodson, Alpha Phi Alpha, Indiana State University

Valeri Webb Westbrooks posted on September 26, 2020

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Valeri Webb Westbrooks posted on September 26, 2020

My condolence to Rita's family. Rita was my grade school friend. We both attended Broad Ripple High School. She will be truly missed. RIP

Deborah Martin posted on September 25, 2020

My Dearest Rita, Thank you so much for sharing our birthdays together. I know you are no longer suffering but I will always love and remember you for the good times we had! Rest now in HIS arms...job well done. My Sister in Christ, I love you!

Briné Morgan posted on September 25, 2020

My deepest condolences are with Michelle and her family during this unfathomable time. Know that Aunt Rita will live through you all, always. I pray that your hearts are filled with peace knowing that she is no longer battling her health struggles. She’s now dancing to Michael Jackson in her forever home! Love you guys!

Robin Harper posted on September 25, 2020

Rita, we go along way back we always had Lots of fun and laughs, you will be missed. I was blessed that God put use in each other’s lives RIH I’ll miss our daily conversations 🙏🏿😇

Kamela Fleming posted on September 24, 2020

Aunt Rita you were truly something else. Some of my favorite holiday memories were with you cuttin’ up with your jokes and crazy stories! I am grateful to have known you and got some of your love. I pray your transition was peaceful and that you were met by the arms of those you’d missed while on Earth. We love and miss you. Love “NewNew”

Jeff Wainscott posted on September 24, 2020

Aunt Rita, I didn't have the opportunity to get to know like I would have. I know we would have gotten asking so well. You always made laugh and always have me a smile. Heaven will never be the same now that you're there, one comedy after another but heaven had also received a special angel. Rest well Aunt Rita.

Erin Evans posted on September 24, 2020

Aunt Rita! I met you when I was working with your niece, Michelle, and I could tell from the moment I met you that I was gonna like you! So full of fun and life! I always loved seeing you and visiting with you. You will be missed!

MICHELLE EDWARDS posted on September 24, 2020

Dear Auntie There are no words for how much I am going to miss you and our talks!! You were such and amazing woman with a large personality like no orher!! You will be dearly missed and no hoilday will ever be the same without you there!!! I love you!! Love Meme!!


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