Elsie Ritchey, age 80, of Lamar, Missouri, passed away Tuesday July 31, 2018 at her home following a long illness.

Elsie was born September 29, 1937 in Greenfield, Missouri, 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, Missouri and 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 cook books and loved cooking, gardening, mowing her lawn, and bluegrass music. She and Charles loved to travel together and have visited all fifty 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, TX and Stuart (Rachelle) Ritchey of San Antonio, TX; two daughters, Pam Ritchey, Raymore, MO, and Nancy Ritchey of Springfield, MO; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Glen (Connie) Stump, Bellamy, MO, Jerry (Wanda) Stump, Springfield, MO and Jo Stump, Bellamy, MO; five sisters, Edna (Charles) Fite, Jasper, MO Opal (Gene) Harris, Golden City, MO, Lois (Anthony) Watson, Neck City, MO, Mary (Steve) Brake, Billings, MO, and Jane Boehne, Wichita, KS.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar. Burial will be in Morehead Cemetery, Lamar.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#7 Phoenix, AZLucy Braun 2018-08-04 10:36
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Elsie. I have so many good memories of her from when I was younger. My prayers go out to all of you. I will think of her often and remember her wonderful smile and kind heart.
#6 Boerne, TexasJim &Patsy Shields 2018-08-02 23:37
Our sincere sympathies and condolences , Charles and family!
#5 San Diego CAPeter Kash 2018-08-02 05:06
To the Ritchey family, My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time, No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. Kristen and I want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you.
#4 LamarDorothy Parks 2018-08-02 02:47
I'm so sorry about the loss of Elsie. She's been a friend for a long long time. I always enjoyed her recipes when the cookbook edition of the Democrat was published near the holidays.
#3 Lamar,Mo.Richard Ryan 2018-08-01 22:10
Have known Charles and Elsie for many years. Wonderful people. Will surely miss Elsie`s cheerful voice and warm smile.
#2 Interlachen, FLJules Hollingshead 2018-08-01 21:43
I will so miss hearing her happy voice when I called the Ritchey's for help. My heartfelt sympathy to Charles and Chuck.
#1 Lamar, Mo.Theresa &Wayne Percy 2018-08-01 17:10
Our deepest heart felt sympathy to you Charles & your family in this time of lose. Our prayer's & thought's are with you all. She will be missed dearly.
Theresa & Wayne Percy

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