Vallee Ritchardson |

Vallee Ritchardson

Visitation for family and friends of Vallee Jewell Ritchardson of Grass Valley will be from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Monday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary. Graveside services will follow at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City. Pastor Randy Fields will officiate the services.

Mrs. Ritchardson died Thursday, April 20, in Grass Valley. She was 93.

She was born April 16, 1913, in Oklahoma, to Isaac Lucash and Lora A. (Buck) Clawson. She married Jesse Oliver Ritchardson on Nov. 30, 1938, in Childress, Texas. She worked in retail sales in Los Angeles. She was a member of New Covenant Baptist Church and during her years of service to her church she also served the California Southern Baptist Convention as the Associational Nursery Coordinator and on the SBC State Assist Team helping churches establish nurseries, libraries, and promotional events/activities throughout the United States. She worked extensively with the SBC Women’s Missionary Union as director, teacher, singer, and artist. She served as choir member and soloist in many churches. She enjoyed gardening, cooking for family gatherings, music and art.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jesse Oliver Ritchardson of Grass Valley; brother and sister-in-law, James and Linda McFatridge of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Bill Guffey of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Carol Ritchardson of Boise, Idaho; grandson and granddaughter-in-law Vince Guffey and Jennifer Bartindale of LaMesa; granddaughter and fiancé, Venesa Guffey and Sky Alvarado of Auburn; and great-grandchildren Corey and Desezre Vierra of Auburn, Rebecca Stevens of Auburn, and Victoria Bartindale-Guffey of La Mesa. She was preceded in death by her son, Stanley O. Ritchardson in 2004; and grandson, Steve B. Ritchardson in 1988.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.

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