She had a zest, a vigor, a zeal for life.
“Claudine Ritter had friends around the United States and was always helping others,” her cousin, Marilyn Harrington said. In fact, Ritter was constantly taking trips just to visit her elderly aunts and uncles hundreds of miles away. “She’d go just to be with them, then take them places,” Harrington said. “She was the kindest person, and she loved her three grandchildren dearly.” Ritter, 48, of Moore, had been a collection officer for the Federal Employees Credit Union since February 1987. Ritter was raised in Atwood and joined the Army in 1965. She maintained active and reserve status. She attended Rose State College and Central State University, where in 1982 she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also obtained her teaching certificate.