Saturday, February 24, 2018


Mary E. "Betty" Ritchie

July 23, 1930 - March 4, 2017

Service Date: March 8, 2017

calling hours Tuesday 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Obituaries » Mary E. "Betty" Ritchie

Bradford – Mary E. “Betty” (McAuliffe) Ritchie, 86, wife of the late, Robert C. Ritchie, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Haverhill Crossings.

Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late, Cornelius W. and Mary F. (Kelley) McAuliffe. She attended St. James Grammar school and was a graduate of St. James High School, class of 1948. She then received her degree of Nursing from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1951. Betty was employed by the City of Haverhill at the former Hale Hospital for over thirty-two years. She also worked in the offices of Dr. Glazer and Dr. Rodriguez. Her memberships included St. Elizabeth’s Alumni Association, Mass Nurses Association, and Catholic Daughters of the America Court St. James #436. After her retirement Betty volunteered at the Merrimack Valley Hospital.

A devoted wife mother and grandmother, Betty was married to Robert C. Ritchie for fifty-three years until his passing in 2011. She adored her family and enjoyed their time together. She is survived by her three daughters; Carol A. Lagasse, of Haverhill, Joanne M. Blynn, of Bradford, and Patricia E. Wentworth and her husband, Robert, of Raymond, NH, a son; Robert G. Ritchie and his wife, Joanne M. (Palumbo), of Wakefield, cherished grandchildren; Douglas Blynn and his wife, Julianne, Daniel Blynn and his wife, Antoinette, Rachael Wentworth, Robert Wentworth, Erin Lagasse, Ian Ritchie, Ryan Ritchie, and Maggie Ritchie, a great granddaughter, Iris Blynn and loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, James F. Ritchie, son in law, Douglas Blynn, and her sister, Kathryn L. Law.

Betty’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers and staff of the Merrimack Valley Hospice House and Haverhill Crossings. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House 360 North Ave. Haverhill, MA 01830.

Friends and family are respectfully invited to calling hours on Tuesday from 4:00 PM until; 7:00 PM at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St. Haverhill. Funeral services will begin Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM at Sacred Hearts Church, South Main St. Bradford. Burial will follow at St. James Cemetery, Primrose St. Haverhill.