Ritha Fay Bonnette, 77, of Lumberton, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2010 at her daughter’s residence. Funeral services to remember her life will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 20 at the First Baptist Church in Deweyville. Officiating will be the Rev. Mark Smith, pastor of the First Baptist Church – Loeb in Lumberton. Interment will follow services in the Deweyville Cemetery in Deweyville. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Monday at the church.
Born on July 28, 1932 in Deville , La. to parents, Charley P. Thompson and Eunice Marie (Bordelon) Thompson, she lived in Lumberton for a short time and had previously lived in Woodville, Blanchard, La. and Center Point, La. Ritha had worked as a nurse for many years and was a member of the First Baptist Church – Loeb. Ritha was a very forgiving and hard working person who enjoyed fishing, reading and spending time with her family.

Ritha is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edgar Bonnette; sisters, Virlee Clark and Ruth Gordon; brother, John Thompson; and her grandson, Daniel Bonnette.

Those most cherishing her memory are her daughter, Melissa Mattox and husband, Walter of Lumberton; sons, David C. Bonnette and wife, Dana of Effie, La. and Danny Ray Bonnette and wife, Minerva of Haughton, La.; sister, Patsy Whitmire and husband Bill of Vidor; her brothers, Charles Thompson and wife Bobbie of Laurel, Mississippi, Jack Thompson and wife, Glemia of Greenwood, La., Roy Thompson and wife, Flora of Blanchard, La. and Gene Thompson and wife, Beverly of Deweyville; and sister-in-law, Carol Thompson of Deweyville. Her grandchildren, Dwayne and Bobby Mattox and Dustin, Mallory and Christian Bonnette. Ritha is also survived by many extended family and friends.

For those desiring memorial contributions, please make a donation in memory of Ritha to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church – Loeb, 3082 Hwy 69 South, Lumberton, Texas 77657 or to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church in Deweyville, Post Office Box 79, Deweyville, Texas 77614.