Frances "Diane" Ritchie

November 15, 1943 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Frances Ritchie Obituary

Diane Ritchie died at home in Cañon City in the peaceful embrace of her loving husband, Dr. Darvin Ritchie, and surrounded by their five adult children and two of their teenage granddaughters on the morning of January 16, 2024, aged 80.

She was born Frances Diane Stringer in 1943, the daughter of Edward and Francis (Trask), in Pueblo. From an early age, Diane’s kind-heart, beautiful smile, and joyous spirit stood out. She and Darvin met in 1956, on Student Council at Pueblo’s Keating Junior High. She remained active in student government throughout high school at Pueblo Central, from which she and Darvin graduated in 1961. Diane’s classmates voted her both Football Queen and Prom Queen her Senior Year; yet, years later, she much preferred to talk with her children and grandchildren about making the National Honor Society and competing on Rifle Team.

Diane and Darvin married on January 23,1965. The following day, they moved into family housing at the University of Colorado, at Boulder, where Darvin had enrolled in the Pre-Med program. Throughout Darvin’s undergraduate and medical school education, Diane was the “bread winner.” She started as a Keypuncher in CU’s fledgling Computing Department. Upon moving to Oklahoma City, where Darvin enrolled at the University of Oklahoma Medical School, Diane was hired in the financial services industry as a Computer Programmer and, ultimately, a Systems Analyst. Years later, she would contribute to the success of Darvin’s medical practice as a Medical Billing Coder.

She attended Pueblo Junior College after high school and the University of Southern Colorado later in life. While she did not obtain a degree, she excelled in her collegiate studies. She was also a lifelong learner outside of the classroom, diving deeply into subjects ranging from world religion to Jungian psychology and dream interpretation.

Diane is survived by Darvin, their three sons, Lincoln of Erie, CO, Luke of Denver, CO, and Josh (Ellen) of Canon City; two daughters, Amanda of Landers, WY, and Christy (Chris) Cornella of Lafayette, CO; and ten grandchildren, Lily and Liam Ritchie, Vince, Ava, and Liv Cornella, Mia, Thomas, and Logan Ritchie, Mylee Ritchie, and Sophia Ritchie. Diane’s children and grandchildren never wanted for her loving kindness and encouragement. She mirrored unwavering patience, selflessness, humility, and unconditional love and acceptance to each one of them.

Darvin steadfastly served as Diane’s caregiver throughout the ten-year progression of her Alzheimer’s disease—by her side to the very end in the safe and familiar home the two of them built together in loving partnership. The pair were seven days from celebrating their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary; their love for one another lives on eternally.

Details of Diane’s memorial service and celebration of life will be forthcoming through Holt Family Funeral Home, which will be able to be found on their website: holtfamilyfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making an online donation in memory of Diane to either:

The Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado

(https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlzheimersChampions?pxfid=859267&fr_id=1060&pg=fund); or

Fremont Regional Hospice


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