Nelma Lynn Ritchey
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Nelma Lynn Ritchey
  • September 10, 1948 - July 28, 2017
  • Colorado City, Texas

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Nelma Lynn Gandy Ritchey, 68, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
Services will be held Monday, July 31st at 2pm at New Life Bible Ministries in Colorado City Texas with burial to follow in the Colorado City Cemetery.
Nelma was born September 10, 1948 in Tahoka, Texas to VeNell (Walker)Gandy and J.C. Gandy. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1967. After attending South Plains College, she entered Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock where she graduated with a Registered Nursing Degree in May of 1970. Nelma began her nursing career at St. Mary's Hospital in Lubbock. Later, she was hired as one of the first nurses at the Lynn County Hospital in Tahoka and loved working there with the people of Lynn County. She later moved to Post and took the position as plant nurse for Burlington Industries at Post-Tex Mills. In 1977, she moved to Colorado City and was employed by the State of Texas as the public Health Nurse. Nelma loved helping people and always went that extra mile to see to their needs. Her kindness and compassion were a result of giving her heart and life to the Lord at an early age. Being raised in a Christian home, her surrender to Christ guided the lifestyle that established her career, family, and home.
Nelma met Gerry Ritchey in Colorado City and they married in 1979. She gave up her public nursing career to become a fulltime housewife and mother. She was actively involved in their Church, (St. Luke's Methodist and New Life Bible Ministries). Nelma taught Sunday school, cooked meals and lent her artistic abilities to any project that came along. She dedicated her life in the service of the Lord.
When their son Chad started to school, Nelma became a willing volunteer in his school activities. Teachers soon realized they could count on her to whip up a batch of cookies and a jug of punch at a moment's notice. She always had an art project ready for the kids to put together for Christmas, Halloween, Mother's Day or any other special occasion as the teachers needed them. She enjoyed those activities probably more than the kids did.
Nelma worked tirelessly in the Mitchell County community. She joined the Buford Extension Homemakers in 1980 and was an active member for more than 32 years. She held many leadership roles at the local, county, and state level including President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Buford Club as well as President, Vice President and Secretary of the Mitchell County Council. She was also Chairman of the State Cultural Arts Committee from 1993-1995. In addition, she served two terms as District 2 Director for the Texas Extension Education Association.
In 2004 Nelma and Teresa Loving designed a quilt block representing Mitchell County as part of the "Texas Yes!" competition, celebrating the growth and prosperity of rural Texas towns. The block was selected to be incorporated into the Texas State Quilt that was unveiled in a ceremony at the 2004 State Fair of Texas.
Nelma is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Gerry Ritchey and son Chad Ritchey of Colorado City. She is also survived by sister, Denise Gandy of Big Spring, brother David Gandy and wife Judy of New Home, Texas. She was loved by nieces, nephews, cousins, and in laws. Those also left to mourn her passing are her dear friends and extended church family. She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws Mac and Irene Ritchey.
Pallbearers will be her brother-in-law Ray Ritchey , dear friend Cody Loving, and her beloved nephews Jason Gandy, Josh Gandy, Josh Ritchey, Mark Raschke, Ashton Raschke and Spencer Cannon.
Memorials may be made to New Life Bible Ministries or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mitchell County Nursing Center for their care of Nelma for the past year. Special thanks to the nurses with Kindred Hospice for all the special care they provided for Nelma, your acts of kindness do not go unnoticed.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
Those wishing may leave online condolences by visiting www.kikerseale.com