Olive Francis Steffey Ritchie, 96, passed away on July 2, 2020, at North Hills Care and Rehabilitation in Fayetteville.  

She had been a resident of the Cannon Creek Community for 63 years.

She was born on Nov. 7, 1923, in Denoya, Okla., the daughter of Margaret Iva (Carter) and Henry Ulysses Steffey.

At the young age of 15, Olive married John Norman Ritchie.  They settled near Crosses, Ark., and began their lifetime together which included raising their nine children.

Olive retired from Campbell Soup and started another chapter in her life which included her love of quilting, embroidery work, and gardening.  She especially enjoyed visits from family.  After her husband John passed away, she spent a lot of time with her extended family of friends at the senior centers in Elkins and Huntsville where she loved a good game of Bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters Anna and Mary; five sons, Johnnie, Floyd, Roy, George, and Dale; and one daughter, Hope Ann (Ritchie) Wyatt of Kingston.

She is survived by two sons, Steve Ritchie of Cannon Creek and daughter-in-law, Martha Cooper Ritchie of Fayetteville, Larry Ritchie and daughter-in-law, Luetta Ritchie of Cannon Creek; and one daughter, Linda Marian (Ritchie) Dain and son-in-law, Lester, of West Jefferson, N.C.  She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Olive’s life was celebrated and honored at a graveside service at the Walnut Grove Cemetery near Crosses, with Ray Shackelford officiating.

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