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May 21, 1928 - March 24, 2013
SUBLIMITY - Pull out any toddler photo of Mom and immediately you'll see a similarity to Shirley Temple. A toss of blond curly hair surrounding a beautiful face, tiny shoes ready to dance, and an energy force that could light up the room.
She worked at a local bank where she fortunately fell in love with a tall, handsome, kind man who became our beloved father, James D. Ritchie. Children soon followed this union, and together they raised four children, Renee Melton, Dennis Ritchie, Carol Crow, and Barbara Bassett.
During her busy years of child-rearing she was also president of the bowling league, an avid bridge player, and still found time to weave in her love of music. She gave piano lessons, taught Dad how to dance, and held raucous parties at our cabin in the canyon.
Mom and Dad enjoyed two decades living as snow birds in Arizona, and in 2002 they moved to Medford, Oregon. Unfortunately, in 2004 she was diagnosed with cancer. Being the powerful force she was, she endured several treatments but always came through with a smile on her face and blessed with luck for living beyond all expectations.
Her favorite time of the day was to relax before dinner with a shot of her favorite Jim Beam whiskey, which to the end she swore "killed all the bad bugs". We were all blessed mom befriended her neighbor Winnie, who not only shared in her cocktail hour but provided amazing care for her in her final months.
In addition to her children, she was blessed with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Being the social person Mom was, she requested years ago to be able to attend any events in her honor. We were fortunate to host many fun soirees, tributes, and gatherings for her during the last several years and will honor her wish to not hold a memorial service. Her message to us all is no grieving, just "get your livin' in" and celebrate each day. Cheers!
Friends are invited to post condolences at www.Weddle-Funeral.Com
Weddle Funeral Service
1777 North Third Avenue
Stayton, OR 97383
Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 29, 2013