Mary Evelyn Ritchie Jarboe

PhotoRICHARDSON, TX- Mary began life's journey August 14, 1923 and ended it February 09, 2008 at the age of 84 at her home in Richardson, Texas. She was born to Frances Fitzpatrick and John Ritchie in Topeka, Kansas, where she attended Topeka High School. She was the great granddaughter of Col. John Ritchie, one of the founding fathers of Topeka. Mary was a child during the Great Depression and a bride during World War II. She married Robert Atlee "Bob" Jarboe on May 22nd, 1943. During WWII she worked for Darby Shipyards in Kansas City, where they built landing craft for use in French and Pacific theater assaults. In the 1950's, while raising three daughters, Mary worked with physicians at Parkland Hospital to compile and publish the only list of facilities available for handicapped individuals in Dallas County. She was a founding member of the Richardson Association of Retarded Citizens organizing workshops and fund raising projects. While living in Iowa during the 1970's she organized mental health fund raisers in Des Moines and receiving an award from Iowa Gov. Robert Ray for her work with handicapped individuals. During the 1980's Mary published genealogy books on the Jarboe, Ritchie, Fitzpatrick, McClure family lines. In the 1990's she brought attention to the need to preserve the oldest home in Topeka, the 1856 house of Col. John Ritchie at 1116 Madison. Now a state landmark and showcase for the Freedom's Pathway program. Mary also published a biography of Col. John Ritchie. She is preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Hale, Jack, and Bob Ritchie. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Bob Jarboe, daughter Mary Roberta Grenfell and husband Rick. Daughters, Anne Elizabeth and Jan Laurel Jarboe, grandson, Lee Graves and wife Angela, and great-granddaughter Laura Kathryn, grandson Chuck Grenfell and wife Amy, and great-granddaughter Caitlyn. Memorial Services at Restland, 972-238-7111, 10:00 am Wed. Feb. 13, 2008. Mary Evelyn Jarboe

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Feb. 10, 2008