Elizabeth Dorothy Ritchie
Nov. 17, 1935 – June 2, 2021
Elizabeth passed away peacefully in her sleep, in the early hours of the
morning on June 2nd, 2021 at Fairview Home in Brandon ,Man. at the age of
Elizabeth, lovingly known as Betty, was born on Nov.17, 1935 in Russell,
Man. to Clarence and Harriet Robin. She was the youngest of 5 children and
grew up on the family farm near the village of Tummel, Man.
When she was still a teenager, she met the love of her life, Walter
Ritchie, and they were married July 21, 1955 after Walter had graduated
from Radio College of Canada in Toronto. A loving marriage that lasted 52
years, until Walter’s passing in 2007.
The happy couple moved to Grandview, Man., where Walter had an electronics
repair business. Their daughter Sheila arrived while they were there and a
few years later, daughter Kerry arrived while they lived in Dauphin, Man.
The family settled in Neepawa in 1962, where their son, Donald, was born
in 1964. Betty was a great support to her husband and often tended the
shop, Ritchie’s TV and Radio, while Walter was away on house calls.
Betty enjoyed many hobbies over the years. She was very artistic and loved
to paint. She spent many hours establishing her technique for painting
landscapes, taking lessons and attending workshops. She belonged to the
local art club and received several awards for her paintings at Neepawa
Fine Arts Festival.
Gardening was another passion. She took great pride in her flowers and
was always happy to see new blooms or to nurse a plant back to health.
In her younger years, Betty was a meticulous seamstress, sewing her own
wedding dress. Sheila still treasures the grad dress and wedding gown she
made for her.
The family has wonderful memories of many weekends enjoyed camping and
fishing while growing up. In later years, Betty especially enjoyed time
spent fishing with son, Donald. And of course a good feed of pan fried
Nothing was more important to Betty than her family. Spending time with
her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren always brought her a
great deal of joy. She never missed any event in her grandchildren’s
lives, whether it was a sports event, piano recital or graduation. Just a
few weeks before she passed, Betty was able to meet her 14th great
grandchild. An event that made her very happy. She was a very proud
Betty had many friends that she enjoyed spending time with, whether at
McDonalds for coffee or at the senior’s dances, until her failing health
required her moving to Fairview Home in Brandon.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, Walter in 2007, her daughter, Kerry
Parrott, her sisters Mary, Muriel, Doris and her brother Michael. She will
be greatly missed by her daughter and husband, Sheila and Bruce Bremner,
her son Don Ritchie and her son-in-law Murray Parrott.
“Granny” will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Nancy Whelan
(Sean), Shawn Bremner (Shirley), Colin Bremner, Ronald Parrott, Stephen
Parrott (April), William Parrott, (Saundra) and Amy Kohinski (Bryan). As
well as by her 14 great grandchildren, Sophie, Drew and Ella Whelan,
Lauren and Ava Bremner, Grace, Claire and Evie Parrott, Josie, Ella, Miles
and Gus Parrott, and Lulu and Liam Kohinski.
A small family service has taken place at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, Man.
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