|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1917|
|Death: ||Nov. 27, 2012|
Linow Naomi (Lowe) Ritter Hoskins, 94, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Tuesday, Nov. 27, at a local healthcare facility.
Linow was born in Howell County, Mo., on Dec. 10, 1917, to Benjamin and Cecil (Johns) Lowe. She was the oldest of eight children. Right from the very beginning, it was her call to take care of those around her. Family was first and foremost, and it was her desire to make everyone around comfortable, warm and well fed. She was well known for her handiworks. She could look at a picture of clothing, and, without a pattern, could make the item. She could crochet, knit and accomplish any craft or task that needed to be done. She received her GED in 1989.
She married the love of her life, Vestes Ritter, in 1935 in Hallett, Okla., and the couple moved to Kansas where their first born was brought into the world. They went through the dust bowl era in Oklahoma and left with others for a better life. They settled in Benicia, Calif., where their daughter was born. Raising both children through hard times and good times, their home was a safe haven for family in transit. The doors to the Ritter home were revolving and never closed. The dinner table was always open for anyone who might drop by. Vestes passed away in February 1972.
Linow worked in the local grocery store and then the five and ten cent store becoming a consultant for anyone who needed help buying material. The local home economics teacher sent her students to her for advice and she would even help when called upon with their various projects. Vestes died far too young at 57, but they had accomplished raising two children and seeing five grandchildren enter this world. Needless to say, they were the pride of their lives.
Linow then married Wesley "David" Hoskins in 1973 in Fairfield, Calif., and he became "Pop" Hoskins and Grampa Dave, a special man to all of the family. She was once again complete with someone to care for. Thirteen great-grandchildren entered her life and she became the most loved NANA in the whole world. Pop Hoskins passed away October 1984, and she then moved from California to be with her loved ones in Montana. She spent five years in Great Falls before moving to her daughter's home along the Missouri outside of Cascade. She made life pleasant for all those she met, and welcomed old and new friends into her life. She met Harry Baker at her local church, and they became constant companions. The two made each others lives meaningful and complete for the past 10 years.
Linow most recently resided with her daughter in Great Falls for the past two years and brought joy to all who dropped in to see her. Nana became a great-great-grandma in May 2011 and was so proud. She was blessed with the good fortune of celebrating five generations brought together in 2011. For nearly a glorious month, this past summer, she was able to spoil her great-great-granddaughter.
Linow is survived by daughter; son five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughterr; and several other extended grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather; husbands Vestes Ritter and Wesley Hoskins; brothers Robert and Samuel Prater; and sisters Betty, Lucille, Judy and Louise.
Complete obituary published in Great Falls Tribune on December 19, 2012
Wesley David Hoskins (1909 - 1984)*
Vestes Ritter (1914 - 1972)*
Skyview Memorial Lawn
Plot: Devotion; Plot-31B
Created by: Judyvv
Record added: Dec 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102409073