In Memory of

Twyla Mae Ritter

February 2, 1935 - September 10, 2018

Twyla Mae Ritter was born on February 2, 1935 in Hartley, IA to Cornelius and Pearl (Blok) DeBoom. She attended country school in O’Brien County, north of Sutherland, IA until high school. She graduated from Sutherland High School in 1953.

 In March of 1954, she married Harold Maddox of Cherokee. They later divorced and she married Verl Ritter of Cherokee on December 27, 1968. She had worked as a psychiatric aide, bookkeeper, bartender, janitor, and after working various positions at the newspaper, she retired from the Cherokee Daily Times in October, 1998.

 Survivors include a daughter, Julie Maddox Wright and her husband Michael; sons, Hal Maddox and Eric Maddox and his special friend, Ronda Simm, all of Cherokee; a sister, Audrey Garneau, Peru, Maine; a brother, James (Mary) DeBoom, Sutherland, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends, (especially the p.m. coffee bunch at Mickey D’s.)

 She was preceded in death by her husband Verl, on November 29, 2010; her parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Ronald and Shirley Sohn; a sister, Carol Ruby; and a brother-in-law, Marshall “Red” Garneau.


A time of remembrance will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Community of Christ Fellowship Hall located at 411 Clark St. in Cherokee


Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1:38 PM
“So sorry to hear Twyla’s passing. I worked with her at the newspapaper and she always made the job fun. She was always one to have a quick come back and had such a great sense of humor. My sympathies to the family. May you find peace during this time of grief. ”
- Hope McCollam
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:22 PM
“Twyla and Verl have been dear friend's for over 40 years. We will miss her very much! Our deepest sympathy for the family. ”
- Mike and Kathy Harmelink
Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1:03 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to friends and family of Twyla. We will all miss her.”
- ed and carolyn wiebe
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:22 PM
“**Correction.. you were ONE in a million. I will miss you dearly. ”
- Alecia Maurer
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 2:55 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Twyla's passing. She always stopped at my farmers market booth for cinnamon rolls. She had been telling me about her trip to Maine. She was so excited to be going there. Rest in peace sweet Twyla, you were over in a million! ”
- Alecia Maurer
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 2:12 PM
“I was very sorry to hear of Twyla's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her when she would stop by the St. Paul's Church office, and it was also nice to see her at the Cherokee Symphony concerts. Twyla will be missed!”
- Meribeth Adams
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 11:44 AM
“So sorry to hear of Twyla's passing. I know she will be missed at coffee at McDonalds.”
- Sandy (Wahlstrom) Kirchner
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 11:44 AM
“I so enjoyed the unexpected visit from Twyla a few months ago at my office. There were so many memories that we talked and laughed about. Twyla was truly a great person with a wonderfully real sense of humor. I will miss her.”
- Scott and Penny Christensen
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 9:08 AM
“So sorry to hear this, I always enjoyed visiting with Twyla, she was such a nice lady and always had a smile!”
- corrine lundell
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