Obituary: Ada Elizabeth Ritter Deckard

February 16, 1932 – May 11, 2020

Ada Elizabeth Ritter Deckard, 88, of Bedford, passed away at 3:06 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born February 16, 1932, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Otto and Oma (Sowder) Ritter. She married Vestal “Andy” Deckard on April 13, 1952, and he preceded her in death on February 20, 1999.

She was the head teller for the Bedford National Bank, now Chase Bank. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church and was a member of the church’s Merry Widows Club. She previously attended Donica Church of God for many years and was saved at a tent revival there when she was 13 years old.

She was a graduate of Needmore High School where she was a cheerleader and drum majorette. She enjoyed helping others and caring for her family.

Survivors include a daughter, Cherie Stone, and husband, Larry William “Bill”, of Bedford; four grandchildren, Wesley Trueblood, Ashley Stone, Justin Stone, Wendy Trueblood Miller and husband, Tim; four great
grandchildren, Amelia, Zachary, Rowan, and Lillian; a sister, Lucille Hederick; a sister-in-law, Vernice Ritter; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Vicki Trueblood; five brothers, Ervin, Ellis, Elbert, Ermil, and Otis, all who proudly served during WW II; two sisters, Evelyn Cracraft and Mary Louise Ritter; four sisters-in-law, Martha Luallen Ritter, Bernice Shaw Ritter, Ona Mae McPike Ritter, and Peggy Bartlett Ritter; two brothers-in-law, Roger Hederick and Herman Cracraft.

A private funeral service will be conducted. Burial will follow in Clover Hill Cemetery.

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