Stella Ann Upshaw Stella Ann (Ritter) Upshaw, age 73, of Ava passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at Heart of the Ozarks Care Center.
She was born Aug. 20, 1947, in Ava.
She was one of seven children born to Edgar Alva Ritter and Edith Lorene (Kunze) Ritter.
Stella graduated from Ava High School.
On Jan. 16, 1984, she married Lyle Upshaw, and to this union, a daughter, Delphia Lorene Upshaw, was born and preceded Stella in death in 2010.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; a sister, Ella Marie (Ritter) King, in 2018; two stepdaughters and their spouses, Betty Elliott and husband Dwight, Shirley Carroll and husband Harold (Skip).
Stella is survived by two very special nieces, Jeanetta Yost and husband Allen Bahnmiller of Seymour and Terrie Welch and husband Terry of Ava; a son, Charles “Chuck” King and wife Elaine of Granby, Missouri; her stepdaughters, Sherry Harper and husband Jerry of Madisonville, Texas, and Pamela Green of Poplar Bluff; five siblings, Edgar “Monroe” Ritter of Liberty, Linda (Ritter) Prock and husband Kenneth of Wasola, Charles “Eugene” Ritter of Ava, Richardson “Hugh” Ritter of Ava and James “J.C.” Ritter of Bethel, Pa.; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.
No formal services are planned, but the family will place her and her daughter, Delphia “Lorene” Upshaw, next to Lyle at the New Hope Cemetery in rural Douglas County at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Holden Cremation & Funeral Service of Sparta.