Mabel Garner Ritter, 80,  passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020 at FirstHealth Hospice House, Pinehurst, NC.  


Graveside Service will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Smyrna United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Reverend David Woodhouse and Reverend Edwin Moore officiating.  The body will lie in state from 3:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 and from 8:00 to Noon on Thursday, May 14, 2020  at Kennedy Funeral Home.  Due to COVID 19 no family visitation is planned. 


Mabel was a native of Moore County. She graduated from Highfalls High School and was the class Valedictorian.  Mabel worked in textiles and retired from the Moore County Schools, where she worked in Food Service.   She loved the Lord and her church.  Mabel was a member of the Smyrna Ladies Sunday School Class, the Women’s Society and was one of the first church librarians. Her family was always her life.  She provided childcare and love to all the grandchildren and great grandchildren. One of her favorite pastimes was watching game shows on television and also working crossword puzzles. Mabel enjoyed many trips to the mountains with her sister, Brenda. Mabel was a daughter of the late Herbert Carson and Julia Belle Maness Garner and was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years Tracy Ritter; brother: Wayne Garner.  


Mabel is survived by daughters: Karen Anderson (Tom), Wanda Ritter (Steve), both of Robbins; granddaughters: Samantha Colbert (Curtis), of Advance, Jessica Dunn (Garland), of Robbins; great grandchildren: Alexis, Brooklynn, Calleigh, Wyatt, Madison;  sister: Brenda Garner; brother: James Garner (Barbara); many nieces, nephews and friends.


Memorials may be made to: American Heart Association, P O Box 840692, Dallas TX., 75284.


Kennedy Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ritter Family.


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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. Mable enjoyed the beach but love the mountains. She has a special place in our hearts. If we can be of help please let us know.

  2. So sad for your lost ! Mabel was a great friend and will be missed so much . The blessing I know ,we will see her again in her heavenly home she is having a big time with Jesus what a blessing . Pray for you family she loved you very much may God give you peace in this parting .Love all of you!!

  3. Sending heartfelt condolences to your family during this time of loss. Prayers for comfort and strength in the days to come.

  4. Mabel was a saint and a jewel. Always loved seeing her sweet face and loving demeanor. Love and prayers for comfort, peace, and strength to Wanda, Jessica, Karen, Samantha, Brenda, and the whole family.

  5. I was so blessed to work with precious lady! She loved her family dearly! What a wonderful blessing to know that we will see her again in Heaven! Praying for the family during this difficult time!

  6. Wanda & Jessica I am so very sorry for yalls loss of your Mom/Grandma. Mrs.Ritter was a blessing to my children in the schools cafeteria. We all thought the world of Mrs. Ritter. You all are in my thoughts and prayers ❤️❤️🙏🙏

  7. Jessica, I know your heart is broken! You were so close to your a Grandma,just keep remembering you will see her again!

  8. Brenda and family. So sorry for your loss praying for God’s comfort during this time. Paula Garner Lineberry

  9. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May you draw strength and comfort from God knowing he will take care of you during this time.

  10. I’ll remember Mabel working in the cafeteria, always with a smile. To the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers🙏🙏

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with the family ,Mabel and I went 12 years of school together, She was such a nice person I know she will be missed.

  12. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sorry for your loss.
    Harold, Pat, & Misty Clark
    Psalms 116:15

  13. Mabel was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She always greeted me with a smile a hug. I have been blessed to know her and I know she will be sorely missed. I love you Karen, Wanda and all the grandchildren! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!❤🙏❤

  14. Mabel was a very sweet lady. She will be missed. She is rejoicing in Heaven. Family it’s hard but she is with Jesus and all suffering has passed. Love you all

  15. Mabel was such a sweet spirit with a hint of a smile always at the ready to be shared each Sunday morning. She will be missed but the love she shared will never be forgotten.

  16. Mabel was such a sweet and caring person, always offering a smile any time you saw her. We are so very sorry for your loss . . . definitely Heaven’s gain, your guardian angel. Love and prayers, Bruce, Leah, Brandon and Meagan

  17. Karen, Wanda and family, Kim and I are grieved at your loss of Mrs. Ritter. Blessed to have taught you at Highfalls. Your mother was a sweet, kind soul looking to the needs of others and family. May God cradle you in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. God bless. We love you. Bruce and Kim

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