Phyllis Catherine "Blondie" Ritchie
Phyllis Catherine "Blondie" Ritchie, 73, of Gaston, IN, formerly of Dunkirk, IN, passed away Thursday, April 27th, 2023 peacefully while in the company of family members at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN. Blondie was born in Winchester, IN, on March 14th, 1950, a daughter of the late Edith Deon (Kinsey) Monroe and Edgar Conley. She was co-owner and operator of Crown City Lanes in Dunkirk, IN, with her loving husband Donald Ritchie for over 42 years. Prior to that she was employed for 10 years by Indiana Glass Manufacturing in Dunkirk, IN. Blondie was a devoted member of the Gaston UMC, Dunkirk American Legion Women's Auxiliary, Crown City Quilt Guild, Dunkirk Moose Lodge, Dunkirk Bowling Association Sec. for 40 years, 1991 WIBC State Champion and recently inducted into the Jay County Bowler's Hall of Fame. She was a very nurturing , compassionate and giving woman who loved taking care of others, spending time with her grandchildren and supporting them in their sporting events and Jay County Band Contests. She volunteered for the Secret Families Christmas Charity of Jay County, made senior quilts for all of her grandchildren, enjoyed reading, BINGO, going to casinos and following the 50's and 60's band R & R Classic. Blondie is survived by her husband Donald, 5 children; Tammy Samuel (husband Rick), Conny Knight, Michelle Back (husband Bill), Carrie Newsome (husband Greg), Timothy Paul Ritchie (wife Pam), 15 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, mother and father in law; Otis and Edith Ritchie, and 8 siblings; Darryl, Jim, Betty, Wilbur, Mike, Gayle, Chester, and Larry. Friends are invited to call Monday, May 8th, 2023 from 5-8 PM and Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 from 12-1 at Meacham Funeral Home in Albany, IN. Funeral services will follow Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 at 1 PM with Pastor Tom Fett officiating. Burial will be held in Gardens of Memory Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Secret Families Christmas Charity of Jay County (PO Box 4 Dunkirk, IN. 47336). Arrangements have been entrusted to MJS Mortuaries.
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Secret Families Christmas Charity of Jay County
PO Box 4, Dunkirk IN 47336