Joan Chase Ritter

Joan Chase Ritter, 79, of Rigby, went to join her husband after a courageous battle with cancer took her Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Joan was born in Rigby on Aug. 10, 1933, to John Edwin and Phoebe Chase. She grew up in the Clark area, attended school at Clark and graduated from Rigby High School.

She married Jack Ritter on Nov. 2, 1951. She worked at the sugar factory and for the State of Idaho, as well. She and her husband also ran the family farm.

She was a member of the LDS Church; she loved her association with her friends in the ward.

She loved to be outside on the farm. She loved gardening, golfing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Pam Ritter of Twin Falls and Nancy (Terry) Koster of Ucon; and two sons, Larry (Diana) Ritter of Ririe and Randy (Michelle) Ritter of Idaho Falls; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother and one grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Ririe LDS Stake Center, 14061 N. 130 East, with Bishop Jeff Sutton conducting. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Ririe-Shelton Cemetery. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.

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Funeral Home

Eckersell Funeral Home
101 West Main St.  Rigby, ID 83442

Published in Post Register on Dec. 19, 2012