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DALE RITA LAFITTE

Dale Rita Lafitte was born on October 1, 1953 in Savannah, Georgia. Her mother, Dolores Lafitte, raised Dale as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Dale dedicated her life to Jehovah and was baptized on July 14th, 1969.

Dale loved the ministry and started learning sign language in 2000 to help the deaf in her community was some of the sisters in her area and joined the Savannah ASL congregation in 2004. She loved being in field service with the brothers and sisters in her congregation and enjoyed association with many of the deaf brothers and sisters. Eventually she was able to become involved in pioneering and attended the ASL Pioneer School in 2011.

Dale worked for the State of Georgia for 35 years. She had a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and became an instructor for horticulture therapy to male prisoners. She would teach them landscape designs and how to plant ornamental shrubs and flowers. She retired in 2010 and focused on taking care of her mother and brother until they died.

If anyone knew Dale, right away they would know she loved Jehovah’s creation and nature. She loved animals, plants, flowers, and the sound of the ocean. She loved to travel to national parks and botanical gardens around the country.

In 2015 Dale decided to leave Savannah and move to Albany. She spent a short time in the Leesburg ASL congregation until it was too difficult to continue. Up until she died she was part of the Albany Westover congregation.

Due to declining health issues, Dale went to live in the Wynfield Nursing Home and continued living there up until her death on May 15, 2020.

Dale was known for her kindness and generosity. She was modest, humble, and always wanted to help others. She always remained positive and trusted in Jehovah. She cherished the relationship she had with him.

Dale maintained her faith and her integrity up until she died. We know that she looks forward to the time when she will be resurrected and can live forever in the New World.

The memorial service will be held at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon, June 13, 2020, via Zoom teleconference number: 2893443490. The password for the teleconference is 975988.

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  1. Sally Rountree Klein says:

    Dale graduated from Sol C. Johnson High School in 1971. As her classmate, I always wondered how she lived her life with so much courage. Her physical limitations did not limit her soul nor her heart, and her grace and humility in the face of adversity were amazing. Years after our graduation, I happened to see her. As we chatted, I discovered, to no surprise, that she had a successful career helping others. Thank you, Dale, for all you taught me, just by being the person you were.

  2. Valerie Dasher says:

    Dale was a good friend to my husband Hank The two of them grew up together in Savannah. I came to know Dale since 2015 when she moved to Albany where I learned what a kind, loving generous person she was. She worked for the State of Georgia for 35 years until she retired. She had a bachelors degree and taught horticulture therapy to male prisoners teaching how to plant and grow gardens and flowers. She loved nature. Dale was involved in the deaf community since 2004 helping them learn about Jehovah and the Bible. We are sad that she has passed but relieved now that she is sleeping peacefully in death. Dale is looking forward to a resurrection to life on a paradise earth. Thank you Dale for our friendship. We will miss you.

  3. Willie Mae Smith says:

    I don’t know the Sister personally but she from Savannah and so am I. I am so sorry but we will see her in the new system. We are looking forward for that and then I can get to know her.

  4. Leslie Bush says:

    Sabrina and I remember Dale and her Mom fondly. Her home was the first one used to support the growing Christian ASL activity in support of the kingdom work in Savannah GA. She was a woman of courage, worn with mildness. She was a woman of action wrapped with kindness. After we moved away in 2005 we looked forward to seeing her on visits to Savannah. In 2016, when inquiring about her we were not able to reach her. It is good to know that her character was recognized to be as solid in the Albany area, as it was in Savannah. She was solid to the core.

  5. Angelo Foster says:

    Revelation 21:3-4 Iam happy to know her thanks you all too .

  6. Tammie Smith says:

    Dale I knew for a short time, but her presence was memorable. She loved Jehovah and her ASL family. I look forward to seeing her in the New Order of Things. As for now you will be missed but only briefly.

  7. Norma & Tom Harvey says:

    We came to know & love Dale when she joined us in American Sign Language. Her love for people was as strong as her love for her plants. She loved sharing with everyone! We were sad when she left Savannah but happy to visit and she was still busy. We look forward to seeing her again soon, knowing she will be busy telling us which flowers we need to plant and where!

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