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Doris L. Ransome Ritchie
Doris L. Ransome RitchieMrs. Doris Lucille Randall Ransome Ritchie, age 74, a resident of Lakeland, Florida, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011 at her residence due to heart failure.  Doris was born July 12, 1936 in Richwood to the late Zane B. and Christa L. (Swartz) Randall.

She was a resident of Lakeland since 1991.  She retired from the Scotts Company in Marysville after 20 years of service.  A 1954 graduate of Richwood High School, she was a member of the Schalamar Creek Ladies Golf Association and enjoyed playing cards.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Auburndale, Florida, past member of the Schalamar Creek Community Church, member of the First united Methodist Church Friendship Circle and helped with Sunday school and the bereavement meal committee.  She was a former active member of the Richwood First Baptist Church and the former Mt. Carmel Chapter 42 Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Don Ransome and a daughter, Kim Asbury.

Doris is survived by her loving and devoted family:  Husband, Harold "Hal" Ritchie, Lakeland, Florida; a son, Chris (Becky) Ransome, Marysville; a stepson, David (Debbie) Ritchie, Atlanta, Georgia; a stepdaughter, Suzanne Ritchie, Lakeland, Florida; a brother, William "Bill" (Donna) Randall, Auburndale, Florida; former son-in-law, Roy (Kim) Asbury, Marysville; a granddaughter, Christa Greene, Marysville; a grandson, Evan Ransome, Columbus; two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, 316 Lake Ariana Blvd., Auburndale, FL  33823.

Funeral services in Florida will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Auburndale with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Local graveside services will be held Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Claibourne Cemetery with Pastor James Taylor officiating.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

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#1 from: Abby Beaulieu (Davis)
Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

My deepest condolences for the whole family. Doris was a big part of my grandparents life, and will be missed dearly. It will not be the same when they all get together and she is not there. I remember staying at her house in Florida with my grandparents for a couple days and we had so much fun. My prayers are with you all. Love- Abby, Gary, & Sean Beaulieu

#2 from: Johna Nibert
Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Chris and family so sorry for the death of your mother .You will be in our thought and prayers.
               Bill and Johna Nibert

#3 from: Deb Tevis Clayton
Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Our thoughts go out to you and the families in memory of your Mom.  I remember slumber parties with Kim....Doris made us feel welcomed and loved.  I'm sure she will be missed by Floridians as well as those in Ohio.  May she rest peacefully. ~ Dave/Deb/Adam Clayton

#4 from: Gina Carey Greig
St. Louis, MO
Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 11:32 PM

Dear Chris,
I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. She was always so good to all of us girls and guys at Kim and your parties. A welcome smile and conversation! She would periodically send me a Christmas family letter to let me know how all of you were doing after Kim passed away. My heart goes out to you and your family. She is with Don and Kim again.
God Bless you Hal! You met a wonderful woman in your life time!
Mary Carey & Gina Carey Greig

#5 from: Gail DeGood-Guy
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 7:41 AM

To the family of Doris, I am so sorry for your loss.   May God watch over you all during this most difficult time.

#6 from: Barb Parish
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 10:43 AM

I considered Doris a friend, mentor, and "sister". She was optimistic and always smiling. I feel privileged to have shared a friendship with her and will really miss her. My sincere condolences to all of her family and friends. Barb Parish

#7 from: Peggy Schertzer
Marysville, OH
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Doris was one of my very best friends.  She made me laugh and was there for me when I cried.  I feel honored and blessed to have known her.  I loved her and will miss her.  I will never forget her and she will remain in my heart forever.  God bless all of the family in their time of need.

#8 from: Rebecca Blue George
Richwood Ohio
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Chris, Becky and family,  I am so sorry to hear of your mother's death.  I will be unable to be at the calling hours or the graveside services this week but I will be thinking of all of her family.  You know your dad was a classmate of mine and I remember having both Kim and you, Chris, as students.  I remember many good times.  Sincerely. Becky George  

#9 from: Shirley Allinder
Vero Beach, Florida
Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 5:28 PM

We are so saddened to hear of Doris' passing.She and I have been friends since the first grade.  I just saw her recently at Richwood Day and had a short visit with her.  What a shock!
Shirley and Everett Allinder

#10 from: Gina Greig
Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 11:56 PM

I needed to post again.  I am so sorry! My heart went out to you today !!!

#11 from: Larry and Jan Dunn
Leesburg, FL & Marysville, OH
Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 4:26 PM

To all the Ransome/Ritchie Families,We want to express our deepest sympathies at the passing of Doris   So glad we were able to get together in January.  Hal, we enjoyed the times we were able to spend together.  Doris always had the laugh that we will remember.  Memories are forever.
Hugs to all of you,  Larry and Jan

#12 from: Brian & Sharon Wade
Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Sharon and I were in Colorado when we heard of Doris's death. Sorry we couldn't be there for her funeral. She was a terrific person and we were saddened to hear of her passing.
Hope you and your family are well.

Brian and Sharon Wade

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