Our sweet, beautiful mom, Ardith Mae Durrant Ritter, 89, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at The Gables in Ammon. She was under the care of Aspen Home Health and Hospice.
She was born July 27, 1924, to James E. Durrant and Leah Park Durrant in Ririe.
As a young girl, she enjoyed riding horses and helping her dad on the dry farm at Antelope. She was raised in Ririe and on her parents' ranch.
Mom married the love of her life, Clyde Ritter, on Jan. 20, 1940. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS temple.
They raised their family of seven daughters and two sons in Ririe. Clyde passed away May 10, 1986, at the age of 63. She spent the next several years helping her kids raise their children by babysitting and helping her children when they needed her. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed working in the church library and visiting teaching.
Mom and Dad went on many excursions over the years, including floating the South Fork of the Snake River, road tripping, camping with the family and fishing from the dry bed bridge. They also were able to go on a Caribbean cruise.
Mom enjoyed her career as a hematologist and lab supervisor at Sacred Heart (later named Parkview) Hospital in Idaho Falls. She retired after 17 years to move to Price, Utah. They lived there for six years while dad worked building coal-burning power plants in the Huntington Canyon and Mom was able to be a housewife. While living in Price, Mom and Dad would take two or three of their grandchildren at a time for a couple of weeks every summer, an activity the grandkids all enjoyed.
Mom loved her family more than anything, which made it very hard for her to leave us, even through her pain was so great; we couldn't ask her to stay and were able to be with her in the last moments of her time on earth.
She is survived by her sons, Jim (Connie) Ritter of Benton City, Wash., and Kim (Renée) Ritter of Ririe; daughters, Bernetta (Lyle) Albertson of Roberts, Brenda Berrett, Sue Hastings, Vickie (Scott) Farris and Jill (Jerry) Dursteler, all of Idaho Falls, and Rhonda (Robert) Archer of Indianapolis, Ind.; one brother, Norlan (Janice) Durrant of Ririe; 36 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren with four on the way.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde; her parents; her oldest daughter, Leanna (Ralph) Rowan; son-in-law, Gary Hastings; two grandsons, Bart Berrett and Bruce Moehnke; one great-granddaughter, Sarah Ritter; one great-grandson, Cyrus Dursteler; sister, Lanona (Dawn) Blakely; and brother, Garvin (Purlee) Durrant.
The family would like to thank all those at The Gables who treated mom with such kindness and respect while she was living there the last several months, along with those from Hospice.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Ririe LDS Stake Center, 14061 N. 130 East in Ririe. The family will visit with friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave. in Idaho Falls, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Ririe-Shelton Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.