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Meta Eldoris Ritz

Meta Eldoris Ritz, age 86 of Asheville, N.C., died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005 in Asheville.

She was born in a log cabin in Finlayson Oct. 26, 1918. A 20-year resident of Largo, Fla., Meta moved to Ashville in 1999 to be near her son, Tim.

Meta was a registered nurse, receiving her degree in 1940 from Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul. She worked many years in pediatric and surgical nursing.

While in Largo, Meta was an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, and held offices in its women’s guild, the R & R Club, and in 1988, started the Prayer Chain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Rudolph A. Ritz, who died Dec. 24, 1997.

Survivors include two sons: Timothy of Asheville, N.C.; and Paul of Largo, Fla.; three daughters: Judith Kuntz of Saluda, N.C.; Naomi Ritz of Morganton, N.C.; and Lois Ellis of Gainesville, Fla.; a sister, Arvilla Nelson of St. Paul; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 8 from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Florida, under the direction of Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs, Fla. Burial was in Curlew Memory Gardens, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

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