Wanda June Ritchie
On January 27, 2016 Wanda June Ritchie, 77 of Big Lake, Texas was granted her angel wings. Services will be Saturday, January 30, 2016 at The Hope In Christ Cowboy Church in Big Lake with Byron Bitner officiating at 11:00 a.m.
She was born February 13, 1938 in Dawson County, Texas to Elmer and Beatrice Oaks. She was one of seven children and grew up in the farming community of Flower Grove in Dawson County, Texas. She became a caregiver at the young age of 11 when her mom passed away. June helped to raise 3 of her siblings, taking care of their every need while attending school and participating in sports. She later attended Howard College where she excelled in basketball.
In 1974, she married the love of her life, H.F. Ritchie in Big Lake, Texas. They continued to make their home in Big Lake where she worked as a bank teller at Security State Bank for many years until her retirement in 2008. In her free time, she loved to travel with her husband to visit different places and mostly to spend time with their precious grandchildren.
Our Ganny never met a stranger. She was an outgoing, fun-loving lady who enjoyed the company of her family and friends. Her grandkids and great grandkids were her pride and joy. Her favorite past time was sitting outside with her best little buddy Blaze, her beloved dog.
Although she was small, she lived a big life and gave us all courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. Her contagious smile brought joy to everyone’s hearts. We will forever remember our “Ganny Advice” or aka orders as we liked to say. She had words of wisdom for you whether you liked to hear them or not. We may not have always listened but we know she always meant well.
June is survived by her husband, H.F. Ritchie of Big Lake, Texas. Two Sons, Mitch Davis and wife Christine of Big Lake, Texas, Dennis Ritchie and wife Crystal of Big Lake, Texas and daughter Dyanne Farrington and husband Tarry of Stanton, Texas.
She had five grandchildren, Shawna Clark of Big Lake, Texas, Amanda Ritchie and fiancé Collin Ethridge of San Angelo, Texas, Joeli Huddleston and husband Heath of Stanton, Texas, Dylan Ritchie of San Angelo, Texas , Cooper Millsap and Carlee Millsap of Stanton, Texas. One great granddaughter, Keegan De La Rosa of Big Lake, Texas. Along with Natalie Perez and family of Big Lake, Texas.
She is also survived by four siblings, two brothers, Jerry Oaks of Celina, Texas, Rodney Oaks of Ackerly, Texas and two sisters, Naomi Williamson of Colorado City, Texas and Patsy Painter and husband Gary of Midland, Texas along with several special nieces and nephews.
June was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Dale Clayton,great grandson, Clayton De La Rosa, daughter-in-law Cindy Davis, sister-in-law June Oaks, sister-in-law Shirley Oaks and brother-in-law Keith Williamson.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to a cancer treatment facility or program of your choice in her honor.