Mary L Ritchey

February 2, 1935October 1, 2020

Mary Lamont Ritchey, 85, of Chattanooga passed away on October 1, 2020 at an area nursing facility. Mary graduated from Colorado State. She was a past President of the Chattanooga Doll Club of which she was an active member for over 34 years. She also belonged to Scenic City Friends. Mary will be greatly missed by all.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Carter Ritchey, parents, Harold and Bessie Lamont, and a sister, Wilma Bailey.

Left behind to cherish Mary’s memory are her sister, Alice Lamont, brother, Harold Thomas Lamont, nieces, Rebecca Devereux and Heather Gatti, nephews, Harold Philip Lamont, Harold Fairfull, and Harold Bailey, great-nieces, Alexah Hoopingarner Young, Sophia Gatti, and Madeline Fairfull, great-nephews, Daniel “DJ” Hoopingarner, Jr., Luca Gatti, and Max Fairfull, brother-in-law, Carl Bailey, many special friends, including her dear friend, Shirley Brewer.

Mary was interred in the Chattanooga National Cemetery along with her husband. There was no formal services per her wishes.

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Brainerd Chapel, 8214 East Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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Rebekah Devereaux

October 13, 2020

Oh dear sweet lady. There are so many people who love you, so many who will miss you. You had a good life. A good man. Family who loved you very much. You were such a fighter. In life. In love. In doing what was right. You were a good wife, sister and mother. YES, MOTHER. You took me in all those years ago and watched over me and mine for a long time. That kindness will always be with me. I have so many fond memories of you. Now you are at peace with ones you loved and ones who loved you. You fought a good fight and you showed us still here what it means not to give up. I will never forget the words you said to me when I saw you last just a few months ago. I will remember your grace and your forgiveness. I’m glad we had the chance to make our peace with each other. I will remember you always and be eternally grateful for everything you did for me, even when I was too pigheaded to see you only wanted the best for EVERYONE. Fly high and free my sweet Aunt Mary. Rest well. Until we see each other again soon. I love you.

Shirley Brewer

October 12, 2020

Mary, I will truly miss you, but know that you are with Don, your parents and, of course, Willie. They say a person can count their True Friends on one hand, well you were counted as my True Friend. Thank you for trusting me to handle your personal affairs, I hope I follow your final wishes to your satisfaction, and know that the "Twinkle" is in your beautiful blue eyes.

Love You Always. Rest In Peace

Shirley Brewer

October 12, 2020

Mary, You were a wonderful friend, I truly miss you but know you are now with Don and your parents, and of course Willie. A person only has a few True Friends in a lifetime, and I am lucky to have had you, if only a short few years, as my True Friend. I hope I have handled your affairs in a way that made you proud of me. Love you My Friend, Rest in Piece

Alexah Young

October 12, 2020

It seems like yesterday when I was moving in with you and Don and now both of you are gone. I know we had our ups and downs but I will always love you aunt Mary. I will miss you very much. I hope you love heaven watch over me and my family. I love you.!! 🥰. Thank you for being there for me even when we were mad at each other. Goodbye for now!! Go rest in heaven and I will see you again at the pearly gates of heaven!!

Alice Lamont

October 10, 2020

May you rest in peace now my wonderful sister . I'm fortunate to have spent those two weeks with you at soddy daisy health care . Thankyou for being such a kind loving compassionate sister to me . Till we meet again , love Alice

Harold ( Phillip ) Lamont

October 10, 2020

Mary you were the best aunt I could have ever had . You were such a loving , caring and honest person with good morals values and intentions . I have so many fawn memories with you and Uncle Don and enjoyed living with you at one point in Knoxville TN and all the summers I spent with you . I'm going to miss all the phone calls when you would call me every morning and night or I would call you . You will forever hold a special place in my heart 💕 I appreciate everything you taught me and instilled in me . The stingy side of me wishes I could still hear your voice or talk to you . It saddens me everything took a turn last March of 2019 and you never made it back to your home . I am truly going to miss you so much Aunt Mary but I will never ever forget you and you will hold a very special place in my heart and some day I hope I'll get to see you heaven . I know your at peace now and not suffering anymore but it doesn't change the fact I've thought about you everyday since you left this world . With all my love , Phillip ❤️