Patricia Marie Ritchie

October 5, 1943 - April 28, 2020
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Patricia Marie (Smith) Ritchie, retired Galveston County Clerk and lifelong resident of Galveston Island, Texas, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the age of 76, at home with her loving family.  Patricia was born on October 5, 1943 to Doris (Lidstone) and Clyde Smith and was a 1961 graduate of Dominican High School. On August 20, 1966, Patricia married William H. Ritchie. They were married for 42 years before William passed in October 2008.  Patricia served her community while working for the Galveston County Clerk’s office for 31 years. She served as the elected Galveston County Clerk for 2 terms until her retirement on December 31, 2002.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband William H. Ritchie Sr.; mother, Doris Franks and father, Clyde Smith; stepfather, Sidney Franks; brother, Garland Smith; and lifelong best friend, Cecilia Kneese.

Patricia is survived by her children: daughter, Charmarie Ritchie Reese, and son, David W. Ritchie (wife Hana); stepchildren, William H. Ritchie, Jr., Dale Ritchie, Peggy Bachelor (husband James), and James Ritchie; grandchildren: Cammarae (Peron) Higgins, Matthew R. Ritchie, Evan M. Peron, Christian Borth-Alarca and David W. Ritchie, Jr., Krystal Loyd, Nicholas Ritchie, James Bachelor Jr., Joni Bachelor-Gainey, Brianna Ritchie, and 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Wayne Smith and wife Peggy; uncle, Merle Lidstone; and aunt, Frances Lidstone, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and extended family.

Patricia’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Friday, May 1, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A private family service will be held on Saturday, May 2, with burial following at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.

Pallbearers will be David Ritchie, William Ritchie Jr., Evan Peron, Matthew Ritchie, Alex Chapman, and Shawn Martin.

The family would like to thank all of the wonderful Doctors and Nurses at UTMB, especially Dr. J. Esclavon who was her primary care doctor, the staff at Devita Dialysis and the team of Texas Home Health and Texas Home Health Hospice for the excellent care and compassion shown to our mother.



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Date: Friday, May 1, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Born: October 5, 1943
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Jennie Latham posted on 5/15/20

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Char, please know I am here if needed. Love you, Jennie (Meyer) Latham


Mary Ellen Brennan posted on 5/2/20

Dear Patricia, may you R.I.P., no more pain. My best wishes to your family as they navigate the next weeks and months.


Pat Muscat posted on 5/2/20

I was fortunate to work with Pat at the courthouse for a number of years; she was such a nice person. My deepest sympathy to all the family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Sydonia Muscat


Phyllis Lidstone posted on 5/2/20

Our prayers are with you. We are streaming the services. Rest In Peace Patricia, my Godmother Love y’all. Phyllis And Frances Lidstone


Ginger posted on 5/1/20

In memory of Patricia Marie Ritchie, Ginger lit a candle


Joi Ann Ware posted on 5/1/20

Sorry for your loss. Never easy to lose a loved one. Know she will be missed. She was a good boss. Jo Ann Ware


Elaine Mitrovich posted on 5/1/20

My deep sympathy to Charmarie and all of Patricia's family. Rest in peace my dear friend.


Elaine Mitrovich posted on 5/1/20

In memory of Patricia Marie Ritchie, Elaine Mitrovich lit a candle


Sine Marschall posted on 5/1/20

I'm glad we got to know each other at Dominican. Especially happy that we got to talk and know each other more when you worked at the courthouse. May you rest in peace, my friend.


Nicole Young posted on 5/1/20

My sincere condolences to you and your family. My you all find peace and comfort in each other.


Aida Garza posted on 4/30/20

Charmarie and family, we are saddened by your Mom’s passing. We send our most sincere condolences and we are lifting you all up in prayer. May the LORD comfort your hearts with his peace. God Speed 🙏🏻♥️


Sister Barbara Ann Cernosek (Class of 1959) posted on 4/30/20

Rest in eternal peace, Patricia!


Amy Campbell posted on 4/30/20

I have so many good memories with her and the family. I never really had a grandmother and Patricia was the only one I really had. She was a great woman and very kind. She was the rock for many and will be missed


Kimberly Kenworthy Knight posted on 4/30/20

In memory of Patricia Marie Ritchie, Kimberly Kenworthy Knight lit a candle


Kimberly Kenworthy Knight posted on 4/30/20

In memory of you. RIP


Kimberly Kenworthy Knight posted on 4/30/20

My deepest condolences to you and your family. She will be greatly missed. I love you guys.