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Wilda Mae Wardlaw Ritzheimer

SHREVEPORT, LA - A memorial service for Wilda Mae Wardlaw Ritzheimer, a native of Minden, LA, will be held in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Shreveport, LA. at 2:00 P.M. Monday April 14, 2014. Dr. Pat Day will officiate. Visitation will follow the service in Room 101.

Wilda was devoted and loving to those who preceded her in death, parents Berry and Annie Mae Shadow Wardlaw; brother Glen Wardlaw; her husband of 48 years, Harry G. Ritzheimer, and great-nephew, James Jennings Berry Wardlaw. She is survived by her sister Charlotte Wardlaw of Dallas; brother Bill Wardlaw and his wife, Frances of Minden; three very special nieces Celeste Duboise and her husband, Mark Berman of New York City; Cynthia Hight and her husband, Joe and son Reese of Gainesville, Florida; Cheryl Skipworth and her husband, Darrel of Dallas; a very special nephew Steven Glen Wardlaw and his wife, Mindy and children Caitlin and Meagan of Benton; a special niece Diane Ritzheimer of Mandata, Illinois, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Wilda was a member of First United Methodist church and participated in the church's ceramics class under the excellent tutelage of JoAnn Horton. She served as an officer at one time or another, of P.E.O. Chapter B, The Woman's Dept. Club, Potpourri Study Club, and Joy Dunkleman's Book Club. She also enjoyed her bridge clubs, volunteering at the church, the Emmett Hook Theatre and Shreveport Little Theatre.

She had a 30 year career in banking. She worked for Minden Bank & Trust Co., First National Bank of Shreveport and Fannin Bank in Houston, TX.

Honoring Wilda as pallbearers will be her nephew Steven Wardlaw, Jon Wardlaw, Thomas Wardlaw, Berry Wardlaw, and Reese Hight, cousins Rob Owens, Jonathan Owens, Newt Princehouse, Harry Townsend and good friends Paul Cavell and Michael Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert H. King, Louis Avallone, R.L. McCary, members of P.E.O. Chapter B, P.E.O. Chapter D in Arcadia, bridge clubs, and very special friends, Leone Fitzgerald Brown and Charlene Dupree.

Wilda requested that her appreciation be acknowledged to church, family, friends and the Grace Home for their concern and support during her illness. She passed away April 9, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Eternal Flame of the First United Methodist Church, the Women's Department Club, P.E.O. Chapter B or charity of donors choice.


Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 13, 2014
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