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Cecelia Marie Raycher


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Cecelia Marie Raycher

Memphis, tn

Cecelia Marie Raycher, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the age of 90 years. The bible says that "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). By His grace, God is offering eternal life. It's a free gift (Romans 6:23). Cecelia believed this, and the very second that she died here on earth, she was in Heaven with our Lord and other loved ones to live a joyful life for all eternity. What a blessing!

A brief service of remembrance for Cecelia will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 4000 Forest Hill Irene Road, Memphis, TN. 38125. Services at the Rotunda will begin at 10:45 a.m. She will be buried next to her beloved husband of 69 years, John, a decorated veteran of WWII and Korea who passed in 2015.

Cecelia was born in Denver, Colorado on January 5, 1927, to Etlin E. and Luella Robidou Peterson of Casper, Wyoming. Etlin, an immigrant from Denmark, left home at age 18, lived as a cowboy in Argentina and, after several years, moved to America. Cecelia was named after her Danish grandmother. Her mother, Luella, was from South Dakota and had ancestors that may have included Sioux Indians. Cecelia graduated from high school and attended Casper College where she became an able stenographer (a skill she used throughout her life in loving support of her family). On

September 8, 1946, at age 19, she married John Andrew Raycher from Story, Wyoming. After a honeymoon in Yellowstone National Park, they later moved to Sheridan, Wyoming where son, Brian, was born in 1947 and daughter, Patricia, in 1950. Advancing with John's career as a registered nurse (by the way, John was the first male nurse to graduate from the University of Wyoming), the family moved to Knoxville, Iowa, then to Murfreesboro, TN, and finally to Johnson City, TN. After retirement in 1979, many good years were spent traveling, visiting family, playing golf and square dancing with friends. In 2000, they moved to the Memphis, TN area to settle down and be near kids and grand-kids.

Cecelia was a sweet lady who loved to give hugs and kisses. She was an excellent cook of Wyoming wild game, silver dollar sized pancakes, "red stuff" and Danish pastries. She loved family and kept dear friends close. In recent years, she developed dementia and Alzheimer's and was a resident at the Gardens of Germantown. Cecelia is survived by son Brian of Collierville, TN (and his two children, their families and two granddaughters); daughter Patricia Kreitzer and husband Jerry of Winthrop, MA (and her two daughters, their families and two grandchildren); sister-in-law Frances Peterson of Moran, Wyoming and two nephews; and sister-in-law Martha Higgins of Valentine, Nebraska and one niece and five nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband John, both parents and brother, Clayton.

Cecelia lived a full, happy life, and was devoted to family. In lieu of flowers and if you wish to honor Cecelia with a memorial, please contribute to your church or to the in hopes of finding a cure.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 18, 2017
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