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"Liz" Blanche Elizabeth (Saunders) RitchieJanuary 23, 1930 ~ April 30, 2017 (age 87)
In Loving Memory of
Blanche Elizabeth “Liz” Ritchie
1930 – 2017
Mom was born January 23, 1930 to Ernest Frank Saunders and Abigail Saunders (nee Abrahams) at the Mother's Hospital in London, England. She always said she was born within the sound of Bow Bells (London Church).
Mom passed away peacefully at Roblin District Health Centre surrounded by family on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Mom did not experience an easy upbringing during her childhood due to the war years, which brought many challenges to her family. Her experiences helped to shape her feisty, independent spirit!
After receiving her nursing and midwifery training at Miller General Hospital in London in 1950, she chose to make a life away from England. It was decided from a flip of a coin – “heads for Canada, tails for Australia” would decide her future endeavors! Heads it was ... so she landed at Pier 22 in Halifax, Nova Scotia on December 22, 1952. Mom left behind a supportive, loving extended family in England to come to a country where she knew no one. Nurses were dispersed throughout Canada and it was just by chance that Mom was released on the small village of Roblin.
Shortly after her arrival, Mom met William Ralph Ritchie and they were married July 12, 1953.
The family grew quickly: Brian (1954), Ernie (1955), Gail (1956) and Colin (1957). During this entire time, Mom continued to nurse at the Roblin District Hospital. In 1967, Mom became the Public Health Nurse for Roblin and area. She spent many years travelling the dirt roads and visiting many clients until her retirement in 1985. Mom formed many precious life-long friendships whom she considered a family of sisters.
Mom had a passion for family, reading, travelling, visiting and discussing politics! She was a very intelligent, caring, compassionate lady with a wonderful sense of humour.
She was predeceased by an infant sister Rebecca, her parents, her husband Ralph, son-in-law Denis Langevin, granddaughter Janelle, her special cousin Paul Abrahams, and numerous brother and sister-in-laws, as well as many relatives both in England and Canada.
She is survived by her children Brian (Joanne) Ritchie of St. Albert, Alberta; Ernie Ritchie of Winnipeg; Gail Langevin of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Colin (Melodie) Ritchie of Lorette, Manitoba; her grandchildren: Shannon, Kelly, Vincent, Jovette, Rene, Carlin, Shannon, Anya and three great grandchildren, sister-in-law Evelyn Ritchie, as well as nieces and nephews. She had a special place in her hear for Wayne Klassen, who provided assistance and hilarity in her final years.
A Funeral Service for Liz was held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Knox United Church in Roblin with Mrs. Grace Skomorowski officiating. The organist, Isabel Wendell and the Knox United Church Choir led the congregational hymns, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”, “The Lord is my Shepherd”, and “Shall We Gather at the River”. The Mennonite Choir performed “In the Garden” and “Amazing Grace”. Bob and Betty Dayson performed the duet “Peace in the Valley”.
Following the Funeral Service, a reception for family and friends was held in the auditorium of Roblin Knox United Church.
Liz was laid to rest by her beloved husband Ralph Ritchie in Tummel Deer Park Cemetery.
NAIRN-CHYZ FUNERAL HOME
Entrusted with Arrangements
Roblin’s Only Locally Owned
and Family Operated Funeral Home
Roblin District Community Foundation (For Roblin District Health Centre)
Box 1599, Roblin, MB, R0L 1P0,