All Press Releases for April 19, 2021

Karen L. Darby-Ritz has been Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who's Who Biographical Registry

Ms. Darby-Ritz joined her family's 60-year business after embarking on her own successful career.

    SUN CITY WEST, AZ, April 19, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Karen L. Darby-Ritz has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

After graduating from Eastern Illinois University, Ms. Darby-Ritz began working as a teacher. She received a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University to enhance her career. Having worked in special education for three decades before retiring in 2012, she went on to work full-time at her family's funeral home, where she had been working intermittently since her youth. As part of the third generation of family to manage the business, Ms. Darby-Ritz is proud to have helped build a foundation upon which her children can stand.

In her role as a general manager, Ms. Darby-Ritz has leveraged the skills she learned as a teacher to help support grieving families. In a career suffused with highlights, she is most proud to have earned recognition as a Peoria Unified School District's Pride of Peoria Moreover, Ms. Darby-Ritz received the Kellis Award for Excellence in Education. The Kellis Award is given to Peoria Unified's Teacher of the Year.

Throughout the course of her journey, Ms. Darby-Ritz has enjoyed working with children with disabilities. Civically, she serves as the president of the Arizona Funeral Director Cemetery and Cremation Association (AFCCA) Children's Charity, as well as the Sun City West Alliance of Business and Community. She also volunteers at Eve's Place, a domestic abuse treatment center. Professionally, she has maintained her affiliation with the National Funeral Directors Association and the Cremation National Association. In the coming years, Ms. Darby-Ritz plans to help more people take advantage of pre-planned funerals in order to help services run more efficiently.

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