Joan S. “Jody” Ritter, 94, of Orrick, MO, died Monday, October 28, 2019, at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, MO.

Jody was born on August 17, 1925, in London, England, the daughter of Albert and Dorothy Sirett. She was united in marriage to Johnny Melford Ritter of Orrick, MO, on April 13, 1957; he survives of the home.

Additional survivors include: her children: Allan (Sandra) Fann of Fort Worth, TX, Chuck (Sandy) Fann of Hutchinson, KS, Joanne (Danny) Helms of Owensville, MO, John (Nancy) Ritter of Richmond, MO, Brian (Rhonda) Ritter of Orrick, MO, and Steve (Johnna) Ritter of Excelsior Springs, MO; 11 grandchildren: Bo (Shanna) Helms, Jamie (Mike) Hurtgen, Drew Helms, Matthew Fann, David (Naomi) Fann, Patrick Fann, Shannon (Adam) Lindberg, Kevin (Kristina) Fann, Christina Cunningham, Danielle Ritter, and Steven Ritter; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, David Ryan Ritter.

Jody arrived in 1949 to the United States and became an American citizen on March 9, 1954. She first worked for AT&T as a teletyper from 1955 to 1964. After she was married, she became a farmwife and homemaker. In addition to raising her family, Jody enjoyed helping her husband on the farm. Jody had a natural love for animals and raised a raccoon named Rascal and a deer named Baby, both from a bottle. She was known for her cooking, especially for her pies, and her Christmas cookie plates that she made for all of her friends and family.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street-P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.

Visitation with funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond, with visitation beginning at 12:00 P.M., with services to follow at 1:30 P.M. Burial will follow services at the funeral home in the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery, Higginsville. Please share your memories of Jody by visiting