Anna Marie Zimmer Ritchie, age 97, formerly of Columbus, passed away Dec. 5 in Boerne. She was born Oct. 26, 1922 in Paris, AR to August and Anna Marie (Ockenfels) Zimmer. She was the youngest of nine siblings.
Ann was affectionately called “Topsy” by her family and her husband. Later in life, she was known as Ann or Grannie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R. C. Ritchie; two sons, Robert James and William David; one daughter, Cherri Jean (Divin). She is survived by her daughters, Carol Ann Williams (Patrick Kelly) of Dayton, OH, and Karen Marie Wolters (John Oscar) of Boerne; son, Mark Arthur (Marcy Jean Mikeska) Ritchie of Austin; daughter-in-law, Deborah ”Debbie” (Sheridan) Ritchie of Shady Side, MD and son-in-law, Donnie Lee Divin of Columbus, Texas; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Ann married her high school sweetheart, R. C.Ritchie, who was a pilot in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. Ann and R. C. raised their family of six children in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, and Tyler, before moving to Columbus in 1968. She spent her final years in Boerne.
She worked at Columbus Elementary School for many years and was active in St. Anthony Catholic Church activities.
Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 8 at Henneke Funeral Home, 1515 Montezuma Street, Columbus, with a Parish prayer service and Catholic Daughter Rosary. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 9 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1602 Bowie St, Columbus with Father Augustine N. Asante officiating. Burial was at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.
Serving as pallbearers were Mark Ritchie, Kelly Williams, John Wolters, Donnie Divin, Jerry Crews, Nathan Williams, Jay Williams, Danny Divin, Andy Divin and Luke Wolters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 6055 South Loop East, Houston, TX 77087-1005 or a charity of your choice in memory of Anna Ritchie.
Online condolences may be be left at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.