Alice Mae Aupied Ritter
May 10, 1937 – August 3, 2018
In the early hours of August 3, 2018, Alice Mae Theresa Aupied Ritter passed away after a brief but mighty fight against MRSA septicemia. She was born in 1937 in Raceland, LA to Benson Pierre Aupied and Bernice Nola Toups Aupied. She had one brother, Pierre Aupied, who died shortly after birth, leaving her an only child for the rest of her life. For 56 yrs she was the devoted wife of R.J. “Tex” Ritter, Sr., who unexpectedly pre-deceased her on August 22, 2013. She has now achieved her fond desire to join with him again, so they may continue their adventures together.
She is survived by her three loving children, daughter Nadine M. Ritter and her husband William Joseph Ward, son R.J. Ritter, Jr. and his wife Sheri Lei Hayashi Ritter, and son B.J. Ritter and his ex-wife Debra Rosenthal-Ritter. Her legacy will continue through her much-loved grandchildren, Ashley Brandon Rosenthal, Shaun Mikel Kalani Ritter, Brett Alan Alakai Ritter, William Random Ritter Ward, Patton Daniel Ritter, James Geraden Ritter Ward, Skye Knight Emrys Ash Ritter Ward, and Kenton Lesley Ritter, and her very first great-grandchild (due in 2019, which she knew before her passing). Her spirit will also be maintained through a wide set of very special friends who were as dear to her as her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Ritter was well-known in the 1970’s and 80’s in the J. Frank Dobie HS cafeteria as the lady who was generous with servings but demanding of manners; if she spied a student trying to unfairly cut in line, she would loudly clear her throat and train her steely blue eyes on the offender until they would slink back into their correct place. In the late 1990’s, Alice and Tex became Santa and Mrs. Claus at Christmas for the Houston Area. They would visit hospitals, schools and senior centers sharing gifts and treats; one year they even traveled by helicopter.
Alice Ritter was an attentive mother to her own family as well as a large cadre of kids who were always welcome in her home at any time, day or night. In the Ritter house, they could count on a warm hug, too much food, and an accepting environment. Alice began life in southern Louisiana, moving to Westwego, LA with her parents, then to Marrero, LA when she and Tex built their first house. In 1968 they moved their family to Houston, TX to further Tex’s engineering career. In 1972 they were relocated to Beaumont TX by Ingersoll-Rand. Then in 1974 they returned to Houston where they enjoyed the rest of their days. In each place they developed deep friendships that became everlasting, while growing closer to their extended Louisiana family over the years.
Mrs. Ritter was loved and admired by her family, respected and honored by her friends. Her children and grandchildren, acquired both by nature or nurture, have inherited a great legacy by her example. Her family encourages those who would like to honor her with a request for memorial comments about her on her Guest Book at Forest Park East: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/webster-tx/alice-ritter-7953501
Mrs. Ritter's service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Forest Park East Funeral Home and Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please support a charity that was very dear to Alice: Funding a seizure dog for one of her ‘adopted’ grandkids. Please make donations to New Hope Assistance Dogs for Brinley Simmons. Donation can be on-line via https://www.gofundme.com/5f9ozo8 or by mail (please call 832-721-7300 for details). Every little bit helps!
- Graveside Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
Alice Mae Aupied Ritter
August 12, 2018
I lived across the street from Mrs.Ritter for over 40 years. I always felt welcome to drop by. She was a wonderful woman and a great cook. After my parents died, she and Mr. Ritter were so supportive. They took over the role of being second parents to me and were very special. Connie and I appreciated everything they did for us over the years. May she Rest In Peace in the arms of God.
August 10, 2018
Miss Alice, as I called her has been in my life since 1977 when I was cutting her hair as a junior cosmetologist in training (she was very brave). When I graduated and started working at a salon she followed me and I have cut her hair ever since. She was always around in good times and bad and always had words of encouragement for whatever was going on. When I lost my mother in 2000 she stepped right in and helped me through it then my mother in law the very next year and she knew I was devastated but she helped me and my kids through it all. I loved her with all my heart and I know now that she is with her big Teddy Bear (Tex) in heaven and they are doing a dance to be together again. She will be sorely missed by me and my family. And she will always be in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace Miss Alice. To All the family, we love you too. Lisa & Roland
August 9, 2018
My mom Lisa has cut her hair my whole life. When we were little I called her the candy lady because she never came over without a handful of candy for us. Her and Tex were amazing people and I’m lucky that I knew them as long as I did. She will be greatly missed.
August 7, 2018
Condolence Ritter Family,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the soul of Mrs. Alice Mae Ritter rest in eternal peace and love.
Dorina & Ricardo Trinidad Jr.