Kimberly Kay Harrison-Ritter, 1957-2005 |

Kimberly Kay Harrison-Ritter, 1957-2005

Kim Harrison-Ritter, a former resident and outfitter from Sweetwater, died Nov. 22, at her home in Hotchkiss, Colo. after a short battle with cancer. She was 47.

Kimberly Kay Harrison was born on Dec. 26, 1957, in Kokomo, Ind., to Jack Wayne and Eileen (Bone) Harrison. She spent her childhood in Indiana.

She attended Northwestern High School, from which she graduated in 1976. After graduating she moved to the Eagle-area, where her two children, Carly and Nathan Harrison, were born.

Kim and Jay Ritter were married on July 26, 1994 in Sweetwater, where they lived and worked together as outfitters. They moved to Montana, where they worked on a ranch for seven years before moving to Hotchkiss four years ago.

Kim was a master florist and designer, and had recently begun making jewelry. She also loved spending time with her family and her horses, family members say.

Her husband, Jay, is vice-principal at the Hotchkiss K-8 school. Her son, Nate, attends Montana State and is majoring in land rehabilitation. Nate also works as a Hot Shot firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in the summers. Carly, who also lives in Hotchkiss, is a health-care worker and will be attending nursing school.

Other survivors include her grandson, Dillon; her parents, Eileen and Jack Harrison of Greentown, Ind.; and three sisters: Gayle Jordan and her husband Bob of Atlanta, Ind., Jackie Mauser and her husband John of Bargersville, Ind., and Patti Cox and her husband Dwayne of Weatherford, Tex.

She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews; her in-laws Jack and Janice D’Orio of Paonia, Colo.; sister-in-law Jill Lange and her husband Mike of Edwards; in-laws John and Mary Ritter of California; and brother-in-law Jeff Ritter of Tennessee.

Contributions can be made to funds set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Eagle (contact Lynda Jodrie, 328-6361) and First State Bank of Hotchkiss “(970)872-3111. Donations will be used for the educational needs of Kim’s family.

Kim was a member of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church in Kokomo, Ind.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday at the Eagle Community Methodist Church in Eagle. A reception will follow the service. An additional memorial service will be held in Indiana, at a later date.

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