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Marilyn S. Ritchie

December 26, 1949 — November 5, 2023


Marilyn S. Ritchie, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2023, at Fairfield Medical Center. Born on December 26, 1949, in Chillicothe, OH, Marilyn lived a remarkable life filled with love, dedication, and unwavering commitment.

Marilyn's journey began with her education at Westerville High School, where she graduated in 1968. Following her studies, she embarked on a fulfilling career as a mortgage broker before joining her husband's business, "Ritchie Piano Service." In this role, Marilyn showed incredible talent as an exceptional bookkeeper and played an instrumental role in running the family business.

Not only was Marilyn esteemed for her professional accomplishments but also for her numerous passions outside of work. She had a deep affection for horses and spent memorable moments showing them as a young girl—her eyes shining bright while accepting trophies for her remarkable performances. Marilyn's love extended to other animals as well; she had a soft spot for dogs and delighted in their companionship. Moreover, she found solace and joy in nurturing gardens and watching them bloom.

Marilyn's proudest accomplishment was undoubtedly the enduring partnership she shared with her husband Mark Ritchie. Side by side for 35 years, they built businesses together and faced life's challenges with unwavering support and love. Their shared commitment served as an inspiration to all who knew them.

Family held immense importance to Marilyn. She was preceded in death by her wonderful and loving son, Mathew Ritchie, her parents Dean and Mary McLaughlin McCullough, and brother, Randy McCullough. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Mark Ritchie and brother Douglas (Susan) McCullough; her dear siblings-in-law Cathy McCullough, Dan (JoAnn) Ritchie, P. Scott (Kathy) Ritchie; as well as loving nieces and nephews, Zac, Morgan, Katherine, Meghan, Lauren, Kristen, Ryan, Sheena, Scott, and Keri. Marilyn's nurturing spirit, kindness, and love will forever live on in the hearts of her cherished family and friends.

Caring Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Gathering to celebrate Marilyn's life will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 11AM at the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home in Lancaster, OH officiated by Pastor Todd Noland.  Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service. It will be a time for remembrance and sharing heartfelt stories of the impact Marilyn had on all of our lives.

Marilyn S. Ritchie touched the hearts of everyone she met through her quiet strength, compassion, and unwavering dedication. Her legacy as an adored wife, sister, and friend will forever remain etched in our hearts. Though she is no longer with us physically, memories of her infectious laughter and warm smile will continue to brighten our lives. As we remember Marilyn during this time of grief and loss, let us also celebrate the remarkable woman she was—a source of inspiration and love to all who had the privilege of knowing her.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to a humane society of your choice, as animals were close to Marilyn's heart. May her soul find eternal peace as we hold onto the fond memories that will forever connect us to her beautiful spirit.

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Memorial Gathering

Tuesday, November 18, 0003

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Caring Cremation has taken place through the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home. A memorial service officiated by Pastor Todd Noland will take place at the funeral home at 11AM Visitation one hour prior.

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