The Washington Times-Herald
---- — Mary Ellen Ritter, 85, of Washington, passed away at 6:57 p.m. Friday at Eastgate Manor.
Born Jan. 5, 1929, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of Owen and Pearl (Miller) Miley.
A homemaker, she was a 1947 graduate of Petersburg High School. A lover of puzzles and birds, she also loved mystery novels and spending time with family.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce Steven and Cheryl Ritter of Albany, Ga.; a daughter and son-in-law, Mari Lynn and Sam Smith of Washington; three grandchildren, Christopher Ritter and Jennifer and Rob Griffin, all of Albany; Nate and Allison Smith of Washington; and Joshua Dobbs of Florida; seven great grandchildren; and a niece and three nephews.
Her husband, Bruce N. Ritter, whom she married on Nov. 24, 1947, preceded her in death on Nov. 13, 1998. She is also preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Smith; three sisters, Dorothy Stewart, Dolores Wright-Walker and Elizabeth Stone; and an infant brother, Glen Miller.
The funeral will be at noon Wednesday at Ed Lee Mortuary, with Bruce Steven Ritter officiating. Burial will be at Sugarland Memory Gardens.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made online at www.edleemortuary.com.