Connie Lou Rector Ritchie

Connie Lou Rector Ritchie

November 3, 1928 - February 5, 2022

Connie Lou Rector Ritchie, 93, of Ravenswood WV, departed this life on February 5, 2022, at home with her family.

She was born on November 3, 1928, in Ravenswood, WV, and was the daughter of the late William Kenna Rector and Dorothy Virginia McCoy Rector. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William S. “Bill” Ritchie, Jr, her daughters, Nancy Denise Ritchie, and Jody Ritchie Wood, her brother Col. William Kenna Rector, Jr., her son-in-law Pete Wood and her daughter-in-law Candi Ritchie.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Todd and Karin Ritchie of Ravenswood, WV, Julie and Andy Gurtis and Tyler and Michelle Ritchie all of Morgantown, WV, her sister Nancy (Allen) Short of Cornelius, NC and her sister-in-law Beverly Rector of San Antonio, TX. She was treasured by her 12 grandchildren, Chris, Cortney, Whitney, Kyle, Kirk, Travis, Caitlin, Cole, Hannah, Grayson, Josh, and Mary Beth and her nine great-grandchildren.

Connie Rector Ritchie graduated from West Liberty College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She pursued her career traveling to Oklahoma where she worked for a short time before being persuaded to return to West Virginia by her future husband Bill Ritchie, who happened to write his first love note to Connie in the third grade. Bill and Connie lived in Morgantown where she worked at Reiner and Core clothiers and further refined her beautiful sense of style. Once Bill finished his degree in Civil Engineering, they returned to Ravenswood to start their family. They were blessed with a wonderful marriage of 57 years.

Connie devoted her life first to her family, but she also considered Ravenswood her extended family. She and Bill were part of the town’s organization and welcome committee when Kaiser Aluminum chose Ravenswood to expand its operations from Oakland, CA. Connie enjoyed working to raise funds to hire more teachers and expand the schools while Bill put his civil engineering skills to work developing the growth plan for Ravenswood.

Connie was also one of the organizers of the Fourteen Club which included seven couples in Ravenswood who would sponsor dances at the NYA (National Youth Association) Hall to raise funds for additional needs of the town. One can only imagine the community excitement when the Benny Goodman Boys and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra came to town.

Connie also found time to teach physical education in the Ravenswood school system. She often told the story of being nine months pregnant trying to teach high school kids stretching exercises. Her humor was an endearing trait.

Wherever Connie went, an attitude of service followed. She devoted much of her time at the First United Methodist Church, where she and Bill were youth fellowship directors for over 15 years. Connie had an eye for interior design and coordinated the church sanctuary remodeling, and for many years, she created beautiful Christmas decorations. She served on the Board of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Connie’s life was one of grace, compassion, and love for family and friends. She opened her home on the Ohio River and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining visitors on the porch. She was an avid reader and would often share books she thought others would enjoy. She was an excellent bridge player and looked forward to her regular Bridge Club evenings with her friends full of laughter. She was a remarkable woman who led a life that one would admire, and she will be missed by many.

Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, February 12, 2022. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Connie’s interests included the continued support of the town of Ravenswood with a Memorial Fund to purchase dogwood trees that will be planted around town to be enjoyed by all. Donations for memorial trees for those you honor may be mailed to Ravenswood City Hall. She was also excited to see the plans for the WVU Medicine/ Jackson General Hospital renovation. Donations to the new hospital building fund may be mailed to the hospital or to the Jackson County Community Foundation.

Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood, WV, is in charge of arrangements.

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