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Ruth Ann Reiter

Ruth Ann (Neff) Reiter, 81, of Chillicothe passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Ruth Ann was born in Ray County Missouri on Oct. 18, 1936, to Roy Michael Neff Sr. and Caroline Lelavene (Williams) Neff.

She graduated in 1954 from Stet High School, where she was an achieving student and successful athlete in softball, track and field, and basketball. She attended Missouri Methodist Nursing School.

She married Terrence Reiter on May 26, 1955, at New Hope Church west of Stet. The couple settled in Chillicothe in 1962. During their early years of marriage, Ruth Ann played the piano, accompanying Terrence when he sang for church services.

Ruth Ann worked as a surgical technician at the hospital in Chillicothe, followed by assisting at a doctor’s private practice. She was a valued employee at Valbracht’s State Farm Insurance Agency, and then enjoyed working for Jon and Melanie Martin at Martin House. She served as a Cub Scout leader and spent many hours volunteering at the United Methodist Church where she was a member. Ruth Ann worked as an election official for Chillicothe’s 1st Ward, participated in the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, and sent hundreds of cards congratulating and encouraging students and athletes.

She loved attending sporting events and was a fixture, along with her husband, at Hornet games. The couple were season ticketholders for the Mizzou Tigers. She enjoyed watching Kansas City Royals baseball and professional tennis on television.

Her most perfect accomplishment was that of being “Gram” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Terrence Reiter of Chillicothe; children, Cara Stottlemyre, of Bonnots Mill, Tony (Tracy) Reiter of Cheney, Kan., and Terri (Chris) Ross, of Plattsmouth, Neb.; one brother, Tommy (Ruth) Neff of Surprise, Ariz.; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and “adopted grandchildren.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Kathleen and Daniel Bengston, brother and sister-in-law Kendall and Geraldine Neff, sister and brother-in-law Lois Jean and Dean Pope, and brother R.M. Neff.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hornet Booster Club, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

A celebration of life service will take place at 11 a.m. May 21 at Chillicothe United Methodist Church, with visitation at the church one hour before the service.

Burial will be at Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe. Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe.

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