Carol Ann Hurff Ritchie, 74, Campbell's manager, volunteer

Carol Ann Hurff Ritchie worked to save orangutans.
Carol Ann Hurff Ritchie worked to save orangutans.
Posted: January 14, 2014

Carol Ann Hurff Ritchie, 74, of Gloucester City, a former manager at Campbell Soup Co., died of cardiac disease Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly.

Born in Camden, Mrs. Ritchie graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1957.

She worked for Campbell Soup for 39 years, beginning as a stenographer in the year of her graduation, and retiring as senior manager in corporate licensing in 1996, niece Susan Hoffman said.

In 1988, as a member of the Orangutan Foundation International, a wildlife preservation group, Mrs. Ritchie made the first of 14 trips to Borneo, Hoffman said.

"The rain forest was being depleted, and the orangutans depleted so much, it really hit home with her," Hoffman said, prompting Mrs. Ritchie to become a longtime volunteer with the organization.

  In addition to Hoffman, Mrs. Ritchie is survived by niece Michelle Vayo; nephews Charles and Edward Neilio; and her former husband, Richard.

Visitation was set for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the McCann-Healey Funeral Home, 851 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, before a 3 p.m. life celebration there.

Donations may be sent to the Orangutan Foundation International, 824 S. Wellesley Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90049.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccannhealey.com.


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