Mary Elleene Ritzinger, 91, of Carrollton, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Carroll House, Carrollton.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, with Rev. Bert Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Hale Cemetery, Hale. Visitation will be from noon to 12:45 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday. The family suggests contributions be made to Carroll House, Crossroads Hospice or VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 3464, Hale, in memory of Mary. They may be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton, MO 64633. Condolences may be sent to the family via Gibson Funeral Homes' website at www.gibsonfunerals.com.
She was born April 30, 1917, in Bedford, the daughter of the late James Carl and Della (Lehew) Mitchell. She graduated from Bedford High School. On July 16, 1937, she married Francis E. Ritzinger in Carrollton; he preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 2005. Mary lived all her life in Carroll County, the last 50 years in Carrollton. She grew up in the Baptist faith. Mary was a 48-year member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 1773 in Carrollton and Post 3464 in Hale. She was a former member of Carrollton Saddle Club. She enjoyed camping, reading and mowing the yard. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by three children, Robert Carl Ritzinger and his wife, Janet, of Higginsville, Ralph Edward Ritzinger and his wife, Mary, of Bogard and Sharon K. Ritzinger of Carrollton; two brothers, Ivan Mitchell and Jim Mitchell and his special friend, Dea Emery, all of Quincy, Ill.; two sisters, Bonnie Hart and her husband, Harold, of Hale and Joyce Sohn and her husband, Albert, of Quincy; three grandsons; three step-granddaughters; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Josephine McClair.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Drummond and Adeta Mae Mitchell; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Mitchell and Margaret Mitchell; and one brother-in-law, Doc Drummond.
Additional information provided per family recompense.