Longtime Delta resident Marie Ritthaler died Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Willow Tree Care Center in Delta. She was 101.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 24, at First Church of God in Delta. Inurnment will follow at Delta City Cemetery.
Maudie Marie Marsh was born in House, N.M., March 12, 1914, to John and Flora (Bourne) Marsh. She lived in eastern New Mexico until she was 15.
She married John Ritt-
haler Oct. 19, 1950, in Delta. They lived in Delta before moving to Washington state for 16 years. They moved back to Delta in 1976.
Mrs. Ritthaler was a member of the Gunnison Valley Church of the Nazarene and attended First Church of God in Delta.
She enjoyed her family, crocheting, making afghans, playing dominoes, cards and games and cooking.
She is survived by her son, Don (Annie) Ritthaler of Delta; a son-in-law, Jim Shea; two brothers, Earl (Esther) Marsh of Delta and Murl Marsh of Emmett, Idaho; a sister, Fronia Taylor of Delta; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Ritthaler was preceded in death by her father, John Marsh; her parents, Willie and Flora Marsh; her husband, John Ritthaler; two daughters, Addie Shea and Rhojean Hendricks; a son, Don Hendricks; a granddaughter, Debbie Ryan; a grandson, Scott Shea; a sister, Christina Donnel; and two brothers, William and Archie Marsh.
Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest, P.O. Box 24, Delta CO 81416.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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