Wilma Rowene Ritchie May Nichols

January 18, 1923August 3, 2018

Wilma Rowene Ritchie May Nichols of Smithville, MO; beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother & great, great grandmother, passed peacefully to the arms of her Lord & Savior on August 3, 2018.

A visitation will be held from 10-11 am Wednesday, August 8th, with funeral services to follow at 11:00 am, both held at D.W. Newcomer’s White Chapel Funeral Home, 6600 NE Antioch Rd., Gladstone MO 64119. In lieu of flowers, Rowene's family knows she would appreciate contributions in her honor to Evangelistic Center Church Building Fund, 5400 Johnson Dr., Mission, KS 66205.

Rowene was born on January 18, 1923 in McLouth, KS, she graduated from East High School in Kansas City, MO.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her six children, Peter P. May Jr.; her second husband, Otha “Nick” Nichols; daughter, Diane Simpson; grandson, Casey McCroskie; great grandson Ryan Turner, her parents William H. & Rena Denny Ritchie; & brother, Rev. William L. Ritchie.

Survived by her children, Barbara McCroskie (Jim) of North Kansas City, MO, Peter P. May, III (Teri) of Smithville, MO; Jan (Bob) Turner of Smithville, MO; Laurie Allen of Parkville, MO and Jon May of Northlake, Texas; 17 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 9 great, great grandchildren.

Rowene was a faithful member of Evangelistic Center Church, Kansas City, MO, for over 45 years. Her main desire in life was to show the love of Christ to all who knew her and to see all her family and friends come to know Jesus as savior. She loved to worship the Lord and was a true prayer warrior. She loved to bake cookies and cakes and share with all who knew her.

She will be greatly missed by all.


  • William H. Ritchie, Father
  • Rena E. Denny, Mother
  • Peter P. May Jr., Husband
  • Otha "Nick" Nichols, Husband
  • Diane Simpson, Daughter
  • Casey McCroskie, Grandson
  • Ryan Turner, Great Grandson
  • Rev. William L. Ritchie, Brother
  • Barbara (Jim) McCroskie, Daughter
  • Peter P. (Teri) May III, Son
  • Jan (Bob) Turner, Daughter
  • Laurie Allen, Daughter
  • Jon May, Son
  • Rowene also leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 9 great, great grandchildren.

  • Donnie Lawhon
  • James McCroskie
  • Bob McCroskie
  • Caleb May
  • Michael McCroskie
  • Peter May
  • Kelly Turner
  • Mark Stanley, Honorary

  • Evangelistic Center Church Building Fund


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wilma Rowene Ritchie May Nichols

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Jean Boydstun

August 7, 2018

A very stately person a Duchess We loved Her very much. miss Her. God's peace to all the family. love you all. Jean

Judith Chapman

August 6, 2018

Aunt Rowene was the most beautifully kind person. Her eyes were always kind, her touch always gentle and such a powerful prayer warrior. I know by the grace and mercy of God she is now happily dancing in heaven. All that knew her were blessed.
Love you Aunt Rowene

Trish Lee

August 5, 2018

Jan and family so sorry for your loss