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Obituary for Shirley Ritchie

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Shirley Ritchie

May 12, 1924 - March 26, 2016

Shirley Ritchie, 91, passed away March 26, 2016 at home with family by her side.  She was born May 12, 1924 to William Lavonzo Bowden and Lillian Mary Long in Sparks, Nevada. 


Shirley was raised in Brigham City, Utah and graduated from Box Elder High School.  She worked at the Defense Depot, Hill Air Force Base and she aided in the assembly at aircrafts during WWII.  She later worked as a dental assistant.


Shirley met her husband, Ensign.  They were married in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1953 and spent 46 wonderful years together.  From this union came five children.  She was a great mom, a devoted homemaker and a wonderful cook. 


Shirley enjoyed traveling, painting, attending Weber State basketball games and watching the Utah Jazz.  In her later life, her priority was spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren.  She was a loving and caring person to all people and animals alike. 


The family wishes to express gratitude to the hospice workers who loved and cared for their mom.


Mom will be greatly missed by her family.


Shirley is survived by her five children: Rod Hastie, Leslie Chaparro (Henry), Melvin Ritchie, Jodie Benson, Tony Ritchie (Paula); nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren; also survived by two sisters, Beverly Evans of St. George, Utah, Zada Bowden of Jacksonville, Florida; one brother, Blaine Bowden of Bountiful, Utah.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Ensign Ritchie; parents; two brothers, Renald and Garth Bowden and sister, Genevieve Friedal.




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Born: May 12, 1924
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Condolences for Shirley Ritchie

Doug and Pat Ball posted on 5/10/16

Tony, we are sorry to hear about your mother's passing. As you can tell we don't read the obituaries very often. We've changed the color of a few things in the house and revamped the yard a bit, but we think the spirit of the place hasn't changed a lot. You are welcome to stop in anytime and reminisce or anything. We wish you and your family the very best.


Sherri Condie Sillitoe posted on 4/5/16

Tony and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. It is hard to realize we are all getting older. It's hard to see my childhood friend's Mom's pass away. It is hard to lose a parent but at least we know they are not that far away and that we will see them again, My love to you and your family during this difficult time..


Larry Muench posted on 4/2/16

Rod, So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.


Marc Blaine Bowden posted on 4/2/16

Dear Leslie, Rod, Mel, Jodie and Tony Your mother, Aunt Shirley was a truly warm caring loving mother and Aunt whom went beyond to help those in need I will truly miss my Aunt as I loved her dearly as my Aunt and 2nd mom. You have and continue to be in my prayers may you find solace in having received her warm and love for each of you.


Frank and Mary Wells posted on 4/1/16

To the entire Ritchie family, We were so sorry to hear about Shirl. What a wonderful lady! We certainly enjoyed the years we had with her an Ensign as neighbors. We have some very happy memories.


Jeanette Lund Anderson posted on 4/1/16

Rod, your mother is beautiful. I'm very sorry for your loss. I will be think inking of you, God bless you.


Joe Profaizer posted on 4/1/16

Rod and Jodie....Peace be with you and your family....Your Friend Joe Profaizer Mesa Arizona


STEVEN WRIGHT posted on 4/1/16

Rod, So sorry to hear of your loss. I know your faith and knowledge of the hereafter will help you through this time.