Posted by Gwendolyn Hollins on May 8, 2021
It's been a year since mom physically passes away but her spirit still lives in us and everyone she touched. I celebrate her life everyday and am grateful that I had such a strong and caring woman as a mother. A woman who looked for the possibility in her life and ours. I love her and thank God for the precious gift of Carridder Jones.
Posted by Elizabeth DeRamus on May 8, 2021
It’s been one year since Mom’s passing. Let us continue to celebrate her spirit and the amazing woman she was.
Posted by Rhonda Abrams on May 8, 2021
In loving memory of a cherished aunt. Rest well with the ancestors and our Lord who brings us comfort and peace. I love all these wonderful pictures and stories. They warm my heart. Thank you family and friends for sharing these memories.
Posted by Mark Jones on July 27, 2020
It has taken me a minute to bring myself to write something. My heart has been heavy ever since my mother left us. I was present when I saw my Mother take her last breath and began her journey to her next life.

My Mother was a woman of many virtues. She came from very humble beginnings and strove to not only improve herself but to help all those she touched to be beacons for others. She was strict and wouldn't fail to lay the law down :) (my bother and sisters know this all to well), but at the same time she was had this very kind and had a kindred spirit with a gentle heart.
She was always very supportive of me, even when I didn't deserve it. She showed me unconditional love and support when I did something that was very good or accomplished a major goal, she was there.

She showed me unconditional love even when I did things that were not becoming of a man that she had raised to be loving, caring, forgiving, and a good Christian. Even when I was at my worst and had done things most Mothers would have frowned upon, scoffed at or distanced themselves from a Son who had committed such wrong doings that discredited all the good values and morals that a Mother teaches her children.

She was always, always, always there to show support and give that unconditional only a Mother such as her could give. She constantly strove to encourage me to be the best that I could be and to never give up. She never failed to tell me how proud she was of me, even when I couldn't see it for myself. Now that I say is True Love right there!

When I moved her from Pasadena, Ca to Henderson Las Vegas I made a promise to myself that I would do anything and everything to ensure she had everything she wanted or needed, although majority of the time she would tell me she was good and didn't need anything. That's a very humble person right there!

My wife, Carolyn and I never missed weekend without seeing her. We would wine and dine her like the Queen that she was. She could sure put down some food though :)) Seeing her smile was joy, but hearing her laugh was the world! Laughter is something we all need more of because it can soothe and mend the sorrows we experience every day. We enjoyed spoiling her, bringing her flowers, taking her out to eat, or going shopping. I will say this, I strive every day to have the heart and soul she possessed, so when you speak of her, speak not with tears, for thoughts of her should not be sad. Let memories of the times you shared give you comfort, for her life was rich because of you.

In my parting words I will say this, Mom, in life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill. I cried endlessly when I saw you take your last breath but I promise, I won't let the tears mar the smiles that you gave me when you were alive. I know you are listening from above. You are missed dearly without a doubt, and I love you today, tomorrow and yesterday, for my love for you will be always and forever Mom!!!

Posted by Elizabeth DeRamus on May 18, 2020
Tribute From Robin R. Harris, Co-Chair Kentucky Women’s Book Festival/ May 12, 2020

I met my dear friend and mentor, Carridder “Rita” Jones, in 1999 through the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at the University of Louisville. A true leader, Rita set the standard of excellence with her dedication to changing in a fundamental way the “status of women” at UofL. As we collaborated on projects designed to chip away at the sexist underpinnings of the university, I learned from Rita the power of gentle, but determined, persuasion. Even before we met, I was very aware of Rita’s campus presence, as a leader in UofL’s Human Resources Department, and as a well-known author and playwright who, with the UofL Women’s Center, in 1992 founded the group Women Who Write, which is still flourishing today.

Though she found her writer’s voice later in life, Rita knew exactly what she wanted to say. Her writing demonstrated her commitment to changing minds and hearts, and conveyed the honesty and integrity forged by her own history, growing up in rural South Carolina in the 1930s. Rita’s understanding of the challenges our community faced related to issues of diversity and equity always informed her work. From her first published play, Lady of the House, performed at the Martin Experimental Theatre at the Kentucky Center, to Black Hamlets in the Kentucky Bluegrass, performed at the 2008 Juneteenth Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, to her final book project in 2015, Voices from Historical African American Communities near Louisville, Kentucky, Rita championed women’s rights and social justice.

For years, Rita talked to friends and colleagues about her dream to create a festival dedicated to showcasing Kentucky’s women writers. As I heard her say many times, “there are festivals celebrating Kentucky authors, and festivals celebrating women authors, but no festival at all celebrating Kentucky women authors. We should fix that!” Her dream became reality in September 2006, with the first Kentucky Women’s Book Festival, a project that required energy, imagination, and diligence. Rita’s friendship with some of Kentucky’s most prominent women authors paved the way for the festival’s success. The long list of authors who have spoken at the KWBF includes bell hooks, Sallie Bingham, Sena Naslund, Crystal Wilkinson, Alanna Nash, Betty Baye, Maureen Morehead, Bianca Spriggs, George Ella Lyon, Kim Edwards, Mary Ann Taylor Hall, Tania James, Emily Bingham, Ronni Lundy, and Tori Murden McClure. From 2006 through 2016, Rita remained actively involved in the festival’s planning process. When Rita moved to the west coast in 2017 to be near family, those of us on the planning committee pledged to continue the festival, always with Rita’s spirit at the forefront.

Rita Jones’ legacy extends far beyond her many accomplishments, honors and awards. Her most enduring legacy lies in the friendships she built and nurtured, with people of all ages and all persuasions.

Posted by Jana Finger on May 17, 2020
The writing community has lost a kind and inspiring cohort. Her concise and encouraging critiques ( Women Who Write meetings) will be missed as well as her belief that women should use their voices to fill the many spaces of untold stories. She will be missed.
Posted by Andrea Jones on May 15, 2020
As I sit here and fight with myself on where to begin in writing this tribute a sense of peace comes to mind. I can hear grandmother say, "It doesn't matter where you start, its all about how you finish." I never knew how much power that phrase would carry not only in writing but in life as well. Your lifes work was about being a voice, teaching us the strength and values of our history and standing on seeing all of your dreams come to pass. As I reflect on your personal and professional accomplishments those memories bring me back to that very same phrase and What... A Way... To Finish!!! May your soul continue to bless the spiritual seeds you have sewn. Your work inspire values, creativity, faith and humanitarianism. Thank you for the gift of love, family, history, arts, respect, strength, integrity and legacy. You are forever etched in our hearts and our minds. Love always, from this life into the next.

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