Rita Cain (Lathan, Williams)

Rita Elizabeth Cain (Lathan, Williams), 74, of Raytown, MO, died early Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Westridge Gardens Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Raytown, MO. She was born on October 30, 1942, in Kansas City, MO, to the union of Louis Cooper and Ada Marie (Kelton) Cain II. She was oldest of 2 children; the caring sister to Maj. Louis “Chip” Cain, III.

Rita accepted GOD as her Lord and Savior, and was baptized at her family church, Centennial UMC here in Kansas City. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1960 and later attended Metropolitan Junior College while working at Western Electric in Lee’s Summit. Rita earned an Associate Degree at Cal Tech and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management & Economics at Southern University. She returned to Kansas City to Direct the Civic Registration Council, committing to service “at-risk “children by providing a safe home to more than 1,000 abandoned, abused and neglected children. Her long career of service is a testament to her God-given nature to guide, uplift and encourage others.

Rita, like her mother, loved celebrating, socializing and entertaining. Throughout her illness, she continued to host gatherings at home. In tribute to her determination to do things in her own time, Rita’s closest friends nicknamed her “Turtle,” and gifted her a collection she proudly adorned and displayed. Rita was known for her entrepreneurial aptitude, adventurous spirit, commitment to advocacy and nurturing soul. She loved the beaches and sunshine of California, New Orleans cuisine and games of chance. She enjoyed music, laughter, friendship and family.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents and husband Vincent Williams. She leaves to celebrate her memory her daughter, Michelle LathanMcDaniels; her brother Maj. Louis “Chip” Cain III, her niece, Letitia (Jacia, Ayden, Andrea and Omar), and nephew, Louis Cain IV; her cousins Beverly (Curtis) Lowe, Mervin Kelton, Jr., Adrian Beavers and Diane Venton; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rita is privileged to have such a loving extended family of very close friends. She constantly relayed her gratitude for all.

The Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Rita Cain-Williams will be held Tuesday, August 8, at 11 a.m. at Centennial United Methodist Church, 1834 Woodland, KCMO 64108. Services by Heartland Cremation and Burial Society.


  1. Lorraine Denson on August 3, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    “How can we endure when trials come, as Jesus said?
    Through his pain he saw the joy of better things ahead.
    Though the passing years may bring us sorrow, bring us pain;
    There beyond the tears, we see the life that we can gain.
    To be there, feel free there, determined we remain.”
    Matthew 24:13

  2. Charlene Winfrey Chow on August 9, 2017 at 11:40 am

    My deepest condolences to the family of Rita. And may God continue to bless all of you.

  3. Clyde Wirrie on August 10, 2017 at 8:38 am

    My deepest heartfelt smphanty for the family in your time of sorrow….Clyde Wirrie KCMO

  4. Jack Baker on August 10, 2017 at 9:07 am

    My sincere condolences.

  5. Lillian Buchanan on August 10, 2017 at 9:49 am

    My heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your mother

  6. Marie Randolph Wright on August 16, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Rest in peace, Rita.
    God Bless You, Louis, and family.

  7. Pat and Greg Ingram on August 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Rita’s grace, beauty, kindness and spirit will forever shine in HIS Kingdom, in our hearts, and in the hearts of all who were blessed to know her. Peace and God’s Blessings to you and family.

  8. Jackie Harrold on August 18, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Condolences to her entire family, God rest her soul

    Jackie (Jackson) Harrold

  9. Petra Arredondo-Rios on August 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    My deepest condolences Michelle, she was happy you stood by her till the end. Love you my dear friend. Know she is at rest in some paradise.

  10. Joyce Washington on August 28, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I don’t have the words to express the level of loss and grief I feel at this time knowing yours is much greater, as Rita WAS your mother. People say that it’s usually well after the homegoing service that the realization someone is gone settles in. Should this be that time for you, please know that Rita is at peace now and she loved you very much. God gave her charge over you and anyone will be proud of the work that she did in her particular way. She was a precious soul and it was much harder than I thought to watch her slip away. She was a great friend . . she was a great sister who took care of her brother. She loved her family: her nieces, nephews, cousins. She love them all, I know because she told me so and I know because she showed me so. And, in spite of everything, she loved you. Know that as you move forward. God bless you all.

  11. Guy A. Williams on February 7, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    michelle, its been to long, and too far away. I found out when I “googled” your mother’s name.
    I live in Washington, state–Tacoma to be exact. I came to see my parents and sister ten years
    ago. Both of them are gone too. I feel for your loss. may your life be enriching and long lasting.
    I miss those years (1977). You never know what’s ahead sometimes…

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