Joyce Ann Beightler Ritter, 79, passed away at 9:50 p.m. Sunday, June 9, 2019, at The Inn at Olentangy Trail in Delaware, surrounded by family.
She was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Marysville, to the late Clarence and Bernice Beightler. She studied at Ohio University,
She married Jack (Carol) Ritter on April 26, 1959, in Marysville.
Joyce is survived by her sister, Nancy Traul of Urbana; her daughter, Anne (T.J.) Fitzpatrick of Richmond,Va.; her son, Mike (Traci) Ritter of Powell; her two granddaughters, Hannah and Rachel Ritter; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She also is preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Dr. Richard Traul.
Joyce was an avid reader. She enjoyed her summers on Cape Cod; loved creating advent calendars for the First Presbyterian Church Christmas Bazaar. She was a wonderful grandmother to her two granddaughters, attending all horse shows, volleyball and softball games.
She served on the Mary Rutan Foundation board, was treasurer of the Logan County Cancer Society and a member of the downtown decorating committee for the Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church and served on the board of directors of the Ohio Cancer Research Association and Logan-Champaign Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Board Board.
Joyce loved refurbishing old homes with her friend, Marty Varian.
She also worked with Marty at The Bookstore and More in Bellefontaine where she met many long-term friends.
Pastor Cheryl Siegenthaler officiates a funeral service at noon Thursday, June 13, at Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, following visitation that begins at 10 a.m. Interment follows in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Logan County Cancer Society, c/o Mary Rutan Hospital Foundation, 205 Palmer Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of The Inn at Olentangy Trail and Capital City Hospice who took great care of Joyce.
Express condolences at www.edsfh.com.