Irene Ritchey, 89, beloved mother, friend and confidante, died April 1, 2013. Born January 24, 1924, to Barbara (Froman) and Alfred Newman, at the Morning Glory coal camp outside of Walsenburg, Colo. Preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ritchey; parents; two older brothers; and most of her friends. Survived by children, Roscoe (Sandy), Richard, and Diane; grandchildren, Susan Cummings, Barbara (Jon) Ocana and Elizabeth Ritchey; four great-grandchildren, Eeann, Cheyenne, Sierra and Halley; and once grandson, Richard Cummings. Special thanks to Sue McBride who permed her hair, pedicured her feet, and made her feel special and important. At her request, cremation with no service. Anyone who would like to do something in her honor may make a contribution to the PAWS For Life Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11208, Pueblo, CO 81001, to help build a new cat building. Online condolences,

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  1. What a beautiful lady. It took my breath away when I saw her picture……. she looks so much like her mother and even more so her Aunt Helen. She will be missed, I know. Our deepest condolences to your family. I am happy that she will be with her mom, dad and family now and celebrate with them in heaven for the good life she had here and will have there. God bless and comfort those she has temporarily left behind. Jean Donati Fortner

  2. What a dear sweet lady Irene was. I never saw her without a smile and I can still hear her ready laugh. Despite lots of challenges in her life, she was always able to find the beauty to enjoy. She was truly a gracious lady. What a great example she was to me. My prayers and thoughts to all her loved ones. She will be missed tremendously.

  3. Sorry to see the passing of Ms Ritchey. She was a very friendly and appreciative the times we went over to assist her.

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