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Betty Ritchie 1928 - 2018

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January 03, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. Death can bring so many tears and pain but your memories of them can bring you comfort. May the God who "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. (Isaiah 61:1, 2)
December 20, 2018
My condolences for your loss. May your good memories and God's word help you endure. His word offers comfort. Psalm 119:76
December 12, 2018
Betty was a wonderful sister whom I dearly loved, admired, and respected. Her dedication and faithfulness to the church, her family, her friends, and to everything she undertook to do was inspiring. Throughout her life her friendly, happy, and compassionate nature endeared her to others. I could not have had a better role model or friend, and I shall be forever grateful that in God's providence He placed us together as family for our earthly journey.

Mary McLean Aiken (sister, Morganton NC)
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The Beatitude Blessed are the pure in heart makes me think of Betty. As a child, I knew that Betty was good. She was consistently helpful and obedient to our parents and patient, understanding and caring to Mary and me, her younger sisters. She had a gentle, kind manner with everyone. I wanted to be like her. As an adult, I admired Betty's giftedness and her strong commitment to helping others as a church leader, teacher, wife, mother, and friend. Her humility, integrity, and selfless nature were evident in all her activities and relationships. Throughout her life Betty was good, pure in heart. Her goodness grew out of her deep love for God and her love for all the people who came into her life. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Today Betty is seeing God.

Hazel Hubbard (sister, Gaffney SC)
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On a recent plane trip, I watched the documentary about Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) life and his unselfish, non-judgmental approach to everyone he encountered. While watching the movie, I found myself thinking about how my Mom, Betty Ritchie, was very much the same in terms of the way she interacted with people. I found the following quote from Fred Rogers and based on his description of a hero, my Mom was a true hero in this world.

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes. - Fred Rogers

I love you, Mom.
Mac Ritchie (son, Trabuco Canyon CA)
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For as long as I can remember, my mother Betty had a framed quote displayed at home which I believe sums up her character and her approach to life in general:

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? - George Eliot

Mom was not just a glass-is-half-full optimist, she genuinely believed that her cup runneth over with all of the good things that God and life had bestowed upon her. She lived her entire life with a sense of duty to do whatever she could to help others, in small ways and in big ways. Every person that she encountered was an important person. Her days were spent offering kind words, expressions of encouragement, lending a helping hand, and saying prayers for others. Mom was always humble, never boastful.

We have not only lost a beloved family member, the community as a whole has lost a unique and beautiful beacon of light. We thank God for my mother's life, and for her example of how life should be lived.

With endless love,
John Ritchie (son, Frisco TX)
November 18, 2018
You will be dearly missed Ms. Betty! The women at The Center for Women adored you. You gave of yourself routinely and made sure the women's passes were picked up. I will always remember you as the strongest elderly woman I've ever met. You never wanted assistance and always said you were okay. I loved your determination to stay active and independent. It is a blessing that I got to meet you in this lifetime.

Prayers to your family and may you rest in love and peace.

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