Ritchey Ann Lowe, 55, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on September 24, 2021. She was born on February 16, 1966, to the loving care of Billy and Lida Lowe in St. Joseph, Missouri. Ritchey grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri and graduated from Central High School, in 1984. After high school she pursued a career in teaching by getting her teaching degree from Missouri Western University in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1988. Ritchey would continue her education by receiving her Master’s at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri.
After school Ritchey accepted a teaching position with the Grandview C4 School District where she was a math teacher for 30 years at Grandview High School, Grandview Middle School and Martin City K8. During her teacher career she met the love of her life and soul mate Lori. They built a beautiful life together. Ritchey and Lori have been partners for 25 amazing years.
She was a teacher to hundreds and impacted countless lives. She earned several accomplishments in her teaching career, such as the Fox 4 Crystal Apple Award, Martin City K8 Teacher of the Year 2011. Ritchey was very involved in her profession and community by being a member of the National Education Association, Missouri NEA, Grandview NEA, Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Ritchey was genuine with an infectious laugh and smile. Not many could match her wicked and fun sense of humor. Ritchey enjoyed spending time at their lake home with family and friends, attending Chiefs and Kansas State University football games, singing loudly in her car, and traveling. Ritchey was generous and kind to all those that knew and loved her.
Ritchey was preceded in death by her father, Billy R. Lowe, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her partner Lori DeAnda of 25 years; mother, Lida Lowe of Belton, MO; brother, Bill Lowe and wife Jennifer, nephew Cameron Lowe, niece Avery Lowe of Raymore, MO; uncle, Ronnie Lowe, aunts, Susan Lowe, Gertrude Lawson, Olive Austin, Shirley Lowe and many cousins; Jody and Tal Vanarsdale of Lee’s Summit, MO; nieces, Gracee and Izzie Vanarsdale; Karen DeAnda and Shannon Webb of Parkville; Bryan DeAnda and Rochelle Clark of Coeur d’Alene Id; and beloved pets Obi and Gizmo.
A Memorial service will be held October 9, 2021, at 11:00AM, Grandview High School, 2300 High Grove Rd. Grandview, Mo. 64030.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ritchey's honor to Grandview Education Foundation, P.O. Box 546 Grandview, Mo. 64030, https://grandviewedfoundation.edlioschool.com/