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Obituary: RITCHIE, HELEN

Helen Reed Ritchie1911 ~ 2013On April 26, 2013 Helen Reed Ritchie passed away quietly from this life at age 101. In doing so, she was joyfully reunited with her parents, Clarence Allen and Fanny Swenson Reed; husband, Emerson F. Ritchie; brothers, C. Allen and Jack M. Reed; sisters-in-law, Clara and Evelyn Reed; son-in-law, Dallas N. Archibald; as well as extended family members and many friends.Helen was born June 16, 1911 in Salt Lake City. She attended East High School and the University of Utah. On April 16, 1937 she and Emerson were married in the Salt Lake Temple and following his service in the Navy during World War II, they lived in Evanston, Wyoming and Ogden, Utah before eventually returning to Salt Lake. She was involved in many church and community responsibilities in Ogden while her two children, Linda and Russell, were growing up. In 1962, she began a successful career in retail sales and marketing first working as a buyer for Charles of the Ritz and Alexandra de Markoff cosmetic lines at Bon Marche, Makoff and J Magnin department stores, and then in ZCMI's fashionable Cameo Room until ZCMI closed in 2001. When asked for advice about living a long and happy life, her response was: "Work until you're 90, and eat lots of chocolate." We will miss her enthusiasm and energy.She is survived by son, Russell Ritchie; daughter Linda Archibald; grand-daughter, Teresa Archibald; and many nieces and nephews and their families - - all of whom she dearly loved.We express appreciation to Brooke Lawrence and Silverado Hospice, and to Alyson Walker and CareMinders Home Care - - especially Lucy Evans and Melrose Marshall - - for their competence and kindness which allowed her to spend her final days at home.Visitation: Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-7:30 pm and Wednesday, May 1, 1:30-2:00 pm, Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake. Family tribute: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 2:00 pm. Interment following at the Salt Lake City Cemetery under the direction of Larkin Mortuary.At Helen's request: In lieu of flowers, please buy someone you love a box of chocolates.