Ritchey, Catherine Dolly died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 6:25 PM at the age of 87. Born in 1929, Catherine was the third of four children born to Harry Ritchey and Irene Schrietling in Lynwood, CA. She would go on to have three daughters (Alana, Barbara, and Carolyn) and a son (Leo), who she raised single-handedly. They would bring her eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren, all of whom were simultaneously the apple of her eye. She was the matriarch of a web of life that extended out to 18 people who she supported in all their endeavors. Catherine drew friends to her, many of whom she met during her 50-year career as Payroll Clerk of the Centralia School District. In her spare time, Catherine was an artist, painting fine china which she would sell at craft fairs and give away to family and friends. She knitted, crocheted, made cards and scrapbooks, and always came out on top of family Chinese checkers tournaments. Perhaps Catherine's favorite pastime though, was reading this very paper, The OC Register on her patio with a hot cup of coffee. As a dedicated reader for over 40-years, Catherine knew everything there was to know about Orange County, the only place she called home. Finally, she is the news, and as her 6th grandchild, I want everyone to know about her.
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