Velma Ritchie

Velma RitchieVelma Lucile Ritchie, 92, of Muncie, Ind., died Aug. 7, 2010, at Albany Healthcare following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 2, 1918, in Astoria, a daughter of Cleveland and Lizzie Bucher Lam. She married Clyne Woodrow Ritchie. He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Patricia (and Ronald) Shell of Martinsville; three sons, Roger C. (and Linda) Ritchie and Timothy W. (and Brenda) Ritchie, both of Gaston and Phillip L. (and Cathy) Ritchie of Columbia City; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

She graduated from Astoria High School in 1934.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Union Grove Church of the Brethren. She served as deaconess at the church.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel in Muncie with Pastor Bob Ewert officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, north of Muncie. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time on Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to Union Grove Church of the Brethren, 1501 W. CR 900 N., Muncie, IN 47303-9711.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 8/11/2010