Elsie Marie Ritchey

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Elsie Marie Ritchey

September 29, 1937 - July 31, 2018

Elsie Marie Ritchey Elsie Ritchey, age 80, of Lamar, Mo., passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at her home following a long illness.
Elsie was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Greenfield, Mo., the daughter of the late Jim and Lela (Cowan) Stump. She was a 1955 graduate of Golden City High School and has been a lifelong area resident.
Elsie married Charles Ritchey on March 14, 1958, in Jasper County, Mo. He survives.
She and Charles together, raised five children. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A member of the First Baptist Church of Lamar, she was a homemaker and bookkeeper for Ritchey Refrigeration, the family business. Elsie was an avid collector of cookbooks and loved cooking, gardening, mowing her lawn, and bluegrass music. She and Charles loved to travel together and have visited all 50 states, often attending bluegrass festivals all over the country.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Joyce Ritchey; infant grandson, Jacob Ritchey; and brother-in-law, Charles Fite.
In addition to her husband Charles, she is survived by three sons, Charles (Becky) Ritchey, of Lamar, Randy (Diane) Ritchey, of Dallas, Texas, and Stuart (Rachelle) Ritchey, of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Pam Ritchey, Raymore, Mo., and Nancy Ritchey, of Springfield, Mo.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. Burial will be in Morehead Cemetery, Lamar. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
Condolences may be shared at www.danielfuneralhome.net.
Published on August 2, 2018
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