VILLE PLATTE – Funeral services will be held at a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte on Saturday, July 6, 2019 for Peggy Theresa Ritter, 57, who passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans.
Father Tom Voohries will be celebrant of the Mass and will conduct funeral services.
Burial will take place in the M. B. Fontenot Cemetery in Ville Platte.
Peggy Theresa Ritter was born in Ville Platte on August 24, 1961 to Henry Lee and Bonnie Fontenot Ritter. She always sought the good out of life and strived to make others laugh and smile. As a young girl, Peggy enjoyed playing softball and cheerleading. One of Peggy’s fondest memories was working at Camp Mary Hill in Pineville where she worked with children as a camp supervisor. In high school, Peggy was selected for the homecoming court. She graduated from Ville Platte High School in 1979 and received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from McNeese State University in 1985. Her teaching career was spent teaching History at Ville Platte High School. Peggy served on the board of the Louisiana Cotton Festival for many years helping with the festival queens and contestants. She often attended the LAFF convention representing the festival and supporting their reigning queen. Peggy was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Ville Platte VFW Chapter 3608 and spent many hours helping with fundraisers. During her later years, Peggy resided at Village De Memoire where she spent her days helping the other residence in whatever way she could, especially with technology and party planning. Although Peggy faced many medical obstacles in her lifetime, she met each one with courage and determination. Peggy’s love of God was her comfort throughout her life. She knew her strength was derived through Him. Peggy served as an inspiration for her family and friends and will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind.
Peggy is survived by five brothers, Donnie Ritter and wife, Kay of Vinton, Charles Lee Ritter and wife, Linda of Lake Charles, Craig Ritter of Owasso, OK, Samuel “Bo” Ritter of Ville Platte, and Chad Ritter and wife, Lisa of Chalmette and three sisters Paula Guillory and husband, Pat of Ville Platte, Phyllis Lafleur of Esterwood, and Kelli Buller and husband Lucas of Ville Platte. Also left behind to cherish her memory are her 20 nieces and nephews, 50 great nieces and nephews, and her pride and joy, Mary Ann, her tea cup yorkie.
She is preceded in death by her parents Henry Lee and Bonnie Fontenot Ritter.
The family requests that visitation be observed at Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Ville Platte on Friday, July 5 from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Visitation will resume on Saturday at 8:00 AM until time of service. A rosary will be recited on Friday evening at 7:00 PM led by deacon candidate, Tim Donovan.
In leu of flowers, family and friends may make a donation in Peggy’s name to the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge in New Orleans at cancer.org/hopelodgeneworleans (504-219-2200)
Family and friends may leave condolences for the family at www.ardoinfuneralhomes.com.
Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Ville Platte is in charge of arrangements.