Janice Jean Evans Ritchey
July 20, 1932 – November 20, 2020
Janice Jean Evans Ritchey passed away on November 20, 2020 at age 88 leaving behind a true example of living the Golden Rule. She was born on July 20 1932 in Dalton, MO, the youngest of eleven children. She was raised in the church to be God-fearing and to stand firmly for what was right. She married a good Navy man Alford Weldon Ritchey, moving from Arkansas to Illinois and then to Texas to raise a family. They were married 57 years before he preceded her in death in 2011.
Jan was a long time Methodist, a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Cedar Hill and recently attending The Woods UMC in Grand Prairie up to her death. Her heart was for children to know the Bible and to live a Christian life. She had a burden for the unborn; she prayed for the end of abortion to be used for birth control.
Jan only had a sixth grade education, quitting school in order to work to help support her widowed mother but became co-owner and president of a family run stained glass supply company in Lancaster, Texas; Gypsi Enterprises, which was in business for 35 years before closing.
Jan leaves behind a legacy of solid work ethic, faith in God, and giving of herself to her family and community. She Is survived by her sister Zada Harris of Pocahontas, Ar; her son and spouse Dennis and Cindy Ritchey of Grand Prairie, Tx; her daughter and spouse, Deborah and James Brimson of Arlington, Tx; six grandchildren: Nathan and Trista Ritchey of Grand Prairie, Tx; Bethany and David Nicodin of Arlington, Tx; Clint and Victoria Ritchey of Mansfield, Tx; Sarah and Nathan Cartwright of Katy, Tx; Anna and Bryan Dennis of Haslet, Tx; and Lara Leahey of Tampa, Fl. She is also survived by nine great grandchildren that were near and dear to her heart: Caleb, Makenzie, Shayn, Brody, Allie, Riley, Michael, Iris, and Heather. Known as Mom, Grandma, and Gigi, she will be missed.
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery