PERRY – Virginia Arlene Ritchie, 82, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Gardiner Health Care, Houlton. Virginia was born June 6, 1930, in Portland, to Raymond and Helena (Urquart) Leighton.
She grew up in Perry, attended the local schools and graduated from Shead Memorial High, class of 1948. Virginia married E. Leonard Ritchie in Perry, Sept. 24, 1949. Leonard was the local game warden and as a game warden’s wife, Virginia was known as the “Division Mom.” She loved to prepare meals and take care of the wardens, as she always made them feel at home when they’d visit. She also enjoyed tending her gardens, but most important to Virginia was time spent with her family. She held several secretarial jobs throughout the years, mostly in education, including at the dean’s office at Aroostook State Teacher’s College and with Lincoln School Department. She also worked at Down East Community Hospital, Machias, and later as a rural mail carrier for the postal service.
In addition to her parents, Virginia was predeceased by her stepfather, Fred Loring; sister, Darlene Stone; brother, Raymond Leighton; great-granddaughter, Olivia Ritchie; grandson, Keith Ritchie; son, Michael Ritchie; and her husband of almost 58 years, E. Leonard Ritchie. Survivors include her three children, Terri Bishop and her husband, Richard, of Barefoot Bay, Fla., Kevin Ritchie and his wife, Cathy, of Lisbon Falls and Mark Ritchie and his wife, Ana, of Houlton; daughter-in-law, Sandy Ritchie of Smithfield; sister, Jan Kinnard and her husband, Tex, of Lake Isabella, Calif.; two brothers, Dale Leighton and his wife, Karlene, of Gowrie, Iowa, and Robert Leighton of Ohio; nine grandchildren, Heather, Kelly, Chris, Doug, Brian, Matt, Anabel, Kim and Zach; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Bayview Cemetery, Perry, with her grandson, Pastor Brian Ritchie officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virginia’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or to a charity of one’s choice. Services by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.