Annie Jewel Rittenhouse, 91, of Brownwood, passed away early Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Wright officiating.

Interment will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.

She was known as “Granny Annie” and the “ironing lady.” Annie was born on April 13, 1917, to Lydia Radney Rushing and James Rushing. She married Delter Lockhart Hillyard in 1933, of this union four children were born.

Annie worked as a cafeteria worker at Byrd’s Cafeteria in Brownwood and at the Brownwood Middle School. After retiring she enjoyed fishing, gardening, ironing, country music, going to the country and watching the deer and birds. She also loved caring for her special companion pet Pudge, a Boston terrier and the family horses.

She joined the Baptist Church as a small child and played the piano until she married, which took her to Colorado City and several places out West. She later married S.C. “Jimmy” Rittenhouse in March 1958.

Annie was preceded in death by her husbands, after which she moved back to Brownwood. She also lost an infant son Franklin D. Hillyard. She is survived by two daughters; Anna M. Shalda and Wanda Russell, both of Brownwood; a son and daughter-in-law, Louis and Trixie Hillyard of Woodville, Texas; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Drs. Green, Butka, Locker and Hubbard and the nursing staff on two East. They worked hard to make our mother and Granny as comfortable as possible.

Pallbearers will be: Jerry Spain, Jeremy Andrews, Micheal Lucero, Gerome Nowowiejski, Joe Ford, Gary Hackworth and Barry Hackworth. Honorary Pall Bearers are: Louis Hillyard Jr., Roy Russell, William Rapp, Lee Rapp, Scott Falk and Nicolas Falk.