Lois Jean Ritenour, 74, of Beardstown, and formerly of Moline, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at North Church Nursing & Rehabilitation in Jacksonville.
She was born Aug. 18, 1939, in Los Angeles, the daughter of Fred Eugene Botner and Frances Marie Smith Bingham. She married Stanley Earnest Ritenour and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include nine children, Vicky Gustafson of Collinsville, Judy Murphy of Arizona, Linda Matthews of Johnson City, Dottie Middendorf of Jacksonville, April Johnson of Effingham, Shirley Renfrow of Beardstown, Lois Charlotte Ritenour-Lozano of Eldorado, Hiley Butler of Eldorado, and James Murphy Ritenour of Moline; two sisters, Shirley Maddox and Frankie Carpenter, both of California; three brothers, Fred Eugene "Sonny," Jimmy and Roy Bingham, all of California; one stepsister, Lynn; 42 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Stanley Eugene Ritenour Jr.; one daughter, Toni Tanner; three granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.
Mrs. Ritenour was a daycare provider and established the Project Now clothing exchange in Moline. She was a member of the Rock Island Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Lois always enjoyed watching TV, especially The Walton's, and reading Little House on the Prairie books.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling with Bishop Paul Hibbert officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the time of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Black Oak Cemetery near Beardstown. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences for the family may be left online at www.hendrickerfh.com. The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling is in charge of arrangements.
Hendricker Funeral Home
406 South Capitol Avenue Mount Sterling, IL 62353
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Mar. 7, 2014