Alice "Joan" Riotte
The daughter of the late John Kendall Holbrook and Laura (McCullers) Holbrook, Joan was born on March 5, 1946 in Envill, and went to her heavenly home on May 28, 2021
A resident of the Ardmore area all of her life, Joan graduated from Greenville High School in 1965 as salutatorian. She and Eugene Riotte were married in 1968 in Ardmore. They would have celebrated their 53rd anniversary on July 13th. She worked as Documentation Manager at Slaughter Electronic Testing Company in Ardmore for 33 years. In her retirement she was very instrumental in assisting her husband restore two 1962 Super Duty Pontiac Catalinas that both won titles at the national level.
She was an active member of Saint Mary Catholic Parish. She served as president of the Women's Club for three years, served on the bereavement committee, served as Eucharistic minister for 10 years, volunteered at the Catholic thrift shop for over 5 years and was voted Woman of the Year by her peers.
Joan was kind of heart and generous of spirit. The words most often used to describe her were sweet, kind and fun. She never met a stranger and was always welcoming and generous. She was a true animal lover. She would always feed stray dogs and cats, even making shelters for cats in the winter months. Her kindness extended to all people, she would be the first to step in and help anyone in need. Her good deeds were never driven by the need to be recognized, she truly cared about and valued all living souls and felt we were put on this earth to help wherever and however we could. More than anything else though, Joan loved her family. She comes from a large family who didn't have much growing up, but what they did have was lots of love. She would often state that she never even realized growing up how much they didn't have, because they were so rich in faith and love that the lack of material things just didn't seem as important. As a friend, she was someone you could call and tell anything to and no matter what she wouldn't judge you, she would only listen with her heart and do anything she could to help. She was a devoted wife and mother, dearly loved and cherished by her husband and daughter. For both, she was their best friend, and a true source of unconditional, immeasurable love. She was a second mother to her son-in-law who lost his mother at a young age, loving him as dearly as her daughter. As a grandmother, she was fun, loving and someone her grandson could tell anything to without judgement. She was a person who, when she put her arms around you, her love enveloped you leaving you truly comforted.
Joan leaves behind her husband Eugene Riotte, her daughter Elizabeth Stubbs and husband Brandon of Owasso; grandson: Noah; brothers, Kendal Lloyd and Rosa Holbrook, Tulsa; Dean Holbrook and wife Carleen, Moore; sisters, Zedda and husband Dean Caldwell of Wilson, Phyllis and husband James Ingram of Enville, Jimmie McDonald of Arlington, Texas and Johnnie Preston of Ardmore. Preceded in death by her infant son Jonas Eugene; parents; John Kendall and Laura Holbrook; sisters, Sarah Murphy and Ramona Luvin.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, June 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Kevin Ratterman officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Craddock Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Cross Timbers Hospice.
Pallbearers will be: Brandon Stubbs, Dennis Luvin, George Luvin, David McDonald, John Holbrook and Lovell McMillan.
Honorary Pallbearers: Noah Stubbs, Dean Holbrook, Kendall Holbrook and Juan Jimenez.
Online condolences can be made at www.craddockfuneralhome.com
Posted online on June 02, 2021