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Rita Bragg White

December 25, 1947 June 29, 2019
Rita Bragg White
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Rita I. Bragg White "Gina" was a gift from God who was born to her parents,
Frank and Inez (Hawthorne) Bragg at Orange Memorial Hospital on
Christmas Day 1947. She had an older sister, Estelle (Edmonds) Singleton
and niece, Deborah Singleton Bellinger, all whom preceded her in death.
Rita had a lavish yet modest childhood that she shared with her niece,
Debbie. They grew up like sisters. Her father and his brothers invested in one
brother's dream of Bragg Funeral Home. She traced her family history and
found Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar was from her dad's lineage. Her mom ran
a credit union, catering business and children's daycare, all very well
established. Rita helped in all their business aspects but wanted to make her
own accomplishments.
She found the Lord at a young age and was baptized by Rev. James Vance
McIver, Pastor at Union Baptist Church in Orange, NJ. Loving and serving
the Lord was second nature in their home. It was in the youth Choir that Rita
knew she had a gift to share of her own: a beautiful singing voice. Growing
up she loved ballet, playing the piano, baton twirling, motorcycle rides,
baking, gardening, riding bikes and was an avid reader (she would purchase
books to give away to others).
Rita was very intelligent. She excelled in all subjects throughout her years in
the Orange School System. She graduated Drake College Secretarial School
and Essex County Vocational School for LPN nursing all while modeling.
Most recently she earned her real estate license and was studying for her
broker license exam. In 1966, she married her high school sweetheart,
Thomas White Jr. and from this union, Thomas, III and Kimberle' Diamond
were born. Rita lovingly opened her heart her stepdaughter, Christine as her
very own.
Rita worked diligently from 1966 at "MA BELL" NJ Bell Telephone
Company, Martland Medical Center and Pathmark. At some point and time,
Rita converted her religion to the Nation of Islam, thus adding the Arabic
Names for herself and children. It was during this time that she gave birth to
another son, Saleem A. Frazier. With different careers and a newborn, Rita
only strived for greatness. She continued her journey later in 1979 as an
administrative assistant of Human Resources at University of Medicine
Dentistry, New Jersey until she gracefully retired in 2015 under the new
name Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
In 1991, she grew to love her niece Debbie's son, Chad D.S. White and raised
him as her own child. He completed her family. Rita was the neighborhood
"MA" to many and would do anything she could for all: teaching,
mentoring, listening or just understanding and finding a solution. She
attended all the outings and events: if her children were going, all their
friends could come too, piling everyone in her car so no one was left
behind. She may have been fashionably late but she always made it.
Some would ask: "Where's Rita?" The reply: "Oh, she'll be here when
she graced you with her presence.” She was fun, witty, vibrant, loving,
kind-hearted and generous. It was always a good time had by all.
Rita renewed her faith in Christianity, believing and doing God's work.
A Lady of Distinction with two Earthly guardian angels to help her on
her journey: Sis, Glenda Wills and Sis Joan Hooper, day in and day out,
she looked to them along with family and friends to help her continue
her fight. One doctor said she couldn't. Yet, three times she fought hard
and came back strong. He was astonished. She was merely showing him
that God had the last say
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me, but He
said to me, "My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made
perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about
my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians
Rita was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Garden of Paradise
chapter in Irvington, NJ and a member of the individual chapter Stars of
Hope Chapter 1 under the Grand Matron Roberta Parish.
She leaves to reminisce her memories: children; Thomas M. White, III,
Kimberle' D. James, Saleem A Frazier, and Chad D.S White,
stepdaughter, Christine White, daughter-in-law Lisa, son-in-law Robert;
grandchildren, Jaquil, Davelle, Chezre, Latyrah, and Jada; great
grandchildren, Milani and Myla; great nieces, Narjisa Bellinger, and
Shaquan Singleton, 3 great-great nieces, 2 great-great nephews, 9 step
grandchildren; goddaughters, Karen Johnson and Marlo Tucker;
godsisters, Carol Watkins and Gloria Alston; godbrother Cary Allen;
special children, Patricia Tucker, Naheem Harper, Patsy Best, Monet
Hawkins, and Darryl Byrd, a host of beautiful relatives as well as fine

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Memorial Service




7:30 PM 7/27/2019 7:30:00 PM
Woody ''Home for Services''

163 Oakwood Avenue
Orange, NJ 07050

Woody ''Home for Services''
163 Oakwood Avenue Orange 07050 NJ
United States

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Rosedale Crematory Montclair Final Resting Place

408 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ 07042

408 Orange Road Montclair 07042 NJ
United States

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