The family of Patricia Ritchie Oliver, announces her recent passing on January 31, 2021.
Patricia was born in Washington, DC on July 24 1936, daughter of the late William Suit Ritchie and Mildred Ritchie. She was one of four children, and is survived by one sister, Nanette Stoffan. She graduated from Eastern High School (1954) in Washington, DC and from the University of Maryland in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology.
Patricia married Donald Oliver in 1959. They were married for 58 years, until his passing in 2017. Patricia lost one son, David in 1967 to childhood leukemia and is survived by five children: Marjorie Murrey, Craig Oliver (Joy), Bradley Oliver (Amy), Faith Gombos (Jeff) and Valerie Oliver and two grandchildren: Bryson Oliver and David Oliver.
Patricia was involved in the Maryland Department of Social Services as a caseworker who determined eligibility for assistance. Her service to others was also demonstrated in the numerous volunteer activities she was involved in, including a hotline crisis counselor, a Girl Scout leader, a Boy Scout leader, humane society volunteer, and a Sunday school teacher. In later years, Patricia spent time in the Montgomery County school system as a health aid technician, helping children with health problems and emergencies. She was an avid reader and also taught adult literacy and later was a volunteer in the school systems reading to children weekly.
Patricia loved the outdoors and animals. She hiked and biked with her children on many adventures. Her most infamous vacation idea - a family bicycle trip from Rockville, MD to Williamsburg, VA, riding mules down the Grand Canyon, backpacking and other memories her children had written about in the annual, "what I did during my summer vacation."
Even in a wheelchair, the adventures continued with her children and grandchildren pushing her up mountains to get to the top and enjoy the view. She was also pushed in her wheelchair in numerous 5k races which benefited local charities with her family running/walking alongside.
The family wishes to thank the medical staff at Mercy Hospital and Bayleigh Chase Assisted Living and Marvel Hall for their wonderful, considerate and compassionate care.
Due to current restrictions on gatherings, Patricia's memorial service will be for immediate family only at Christ Church Easton, MD. Burial at Parklawn Memorial in Rockville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Children's National Hospital, Attn: Volunteer Services Office, Suite 1180, 111 Michigan Ave NW Washington, DC 20010 or to Talbot Humane Society, 7894 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 21601
Services entrusted to the Framptom Funeral Home. Share memories with the family at www.framptom.com .