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Ann Frew Ritchie

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ANN FREW RITCHIE, 94, a resident of Rialto, passed away on January 30, 2006, at San Bernardino Community Hospital. Ann was born in Pennsylvania, where she was educated, and where she became the wife of Attorney Robert Ritchie in 1937. They moved to California in 1944, where Bob practiced family law until his retirement in 1981. Ann was her husband's legal secretary for a number of years. S he also conducted an Escrow business in Fontana under his watchful supervision. Bob was promoted to Eternal Life November 16, 1984, and Ann joined him there on January 30, 2006. They were not blessed with children of their own, but God enabled them to be close to and help a number of young people over the years. She had only one sister, Rena Jane Frew, who was a Special Education teacher in the Rialto schools for a number of years. Rena was promoted to Glory on June 30, 1996. Ann's only relatives are seve ral second, third and fourth cousins in Georgia and Florida, but she has many brother and sisters in Christ. The Ritchies both became "born again" Christians, and were baptized at Rialto Community Baptist Church, then located on Grove Street in Rialto. Ann served as Church Clerk from 1973 until January, 1991. She also served as one of a Task Force of seven in formulating a new Church Constitution and Operations Manual for our growing and ever-changing church requirements. She had a great burden concerning the deteriorating condition of the moral fiber of this Country, and the wicked, destructive ways of the world. She never missed an opportunity to recall one of God's promises from II Chronicles 7:14 - "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land". As a parting message from this life, Ann wanted her church family and dear friends to know that w alking close to the Lord is worth all the pain and sacrifice that it might entail. A favorite passage of Scripture is quoted from James 4:8 - "Draw nigh to the Lord, and He will draw nigh to you". My love to all of you until we meet in Heaven, Ann Ritchie All private services.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Feb. 1, 2006
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