Mary L. Ritchie, 79, of Stover, formerly of Marshall, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Golden Age Living Center in Stover.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at United Pentecostal Church in Marshall, with Rev. William Swaringam and Rev. Gerald Hamlett officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Visitation was held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at the church. Memorials are suggested to United Pentecostal Church of Marshall in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Oct. 6, 1932, in Deering, she was the daughter of the late Van A. and Addie Connelly Dollins. On Sept. 28, 1950, she married Edward D. Ritchie who preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 2000. She was a longtime member and pianist of United Pentecostal Church in Marshall and became a member of United Pentecostal Church in Versailles following her move to Stover. She retired from Marshall Habilitation Center after 25 years as a Developmental Assistant.
She is survived by two sons, Gary Ritchie of Stover and Ricky Ritchie of Camdenton; five daughters, Lunita Skinner, Wendill Crum, Debbie Ritchie and Vanessa Rhodelander, all of Stover, and Mary Alice Pepper of St. Joseph; 32 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene Dollins of LaGrange, N.C., and Billy Dollins of Morely; one sister, Deloris Burnett of Little Rock, Ark.; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Joe Dollins, Jack Dollins, James Dollins and Clara Jo Dollins; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.