Rita Spalding, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

June 5, 2019

Rita Spalding, SCN, 86 (formerly Sister Mary Aquin) was born in Lebanon, KY. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on June 4, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 61 years.

Sister Rita served in educational ministries, teaching grade school in Newport, KY; Roanoke, VA; Lexington, KY, and Ft. Thomas, KY. She also taught at Presentation High School in Louisville. She served as Principal of Little Flower School in Memphis, TN and as Principal of St. Mary of the Woods in Whitesville, KY.

Upon her return to Nazareth, she served as Coordinator for the Sisters at the Motherhouse. From 1992-2000, Sister Rita served in social services as the Assistant Director of Nazareth Villages I & II. She later served in health care as a Patient Advocate for Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.

From 2004-2016, she was as a volunteer at Nazareth, where she served in several roles, including as volunteer with the Office of Mission Advancement.

Sister Rita is survived by her extended family and by her religious community.

A visitation and prayer service will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Nazareth Home Chapel.

Wake will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, KY, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.

Funeral Mass will be on Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, KY. Burial will be in Nazareth Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Ratterman Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY. Memorials may be sent to the SCN Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY, 40048.


  1. Jamie Clark

    I just saw where Sister Rita had gone on to her heavenly home. Sister Rita hired me to teach at St. Mary’s in 1979. She was a true Christian in so many ways and an inspiration for me as a teacher and Catholic. This past Lent my wife and I were at Nazareth and we visited with Sister Rita. I am so glad we did. May she rest in peace. Amen. Hello Sister Lorena and Sister Molly.

  2. Marlene McCabe formerly S. Jane Frances

    I have lost a friend but heaven has gained a great person. Rita was always there
    when I made my trips to the Motherhouse. She was gracious, friendly and
    generous with her time. I still hold on to the good memories she, and others
    have left me. These will stay with me forever. God rest you Rita. Pray for us.



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