Gaye Louise Ritchie, of Ocean Springs MS, best known as “Mom” departed her loving family on December 13th 2022.
Gaye was born on November 23rd, 1944 to Carl and Bessie Sculley. She was preceded in death by both parents, brother Jimmy Wiest and grandson Malik Mader. She is survived by her sister Carla Owens and brother Wayne Sculley.
Gaye and her husband, Lloyd Ray Adkins raised their three children Carl Ray Adkins, Cara Vickers, and Colleen Mowrey with love and devotion in West Chester, PA. After Lloyd’s passing Gaye remarried to Gerald “Jerry” Thomas Ritchie, gaining step daughter Nina Ritchie.
When Gaye’s children were young, the phrase “stay-at-home-mom” didn’t exist. It was usual for women to stay home with the children while their husbands worked. But even by the standards of the era, Gaye was an exceptional wife and mother. She cared deeply for her family and friends. She did this not out of obligation, but because of who she was. And she did it with style. Our mother inspired us to always add style and beauty into all that we have done and will do. Ok and maybe a bit of sarcastic humor here and there too. But most of all our mother taught us we were magical, everything is within your power, and your power is within you.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Carl Ray Adkins (Candy), Cara Vickers (Jeff), and Colleen Mowrey (Lance) and her grandchildren Courtney Cummings Cubbage (Eric), Caitlin Cummings, Christa Cummings, and Madelyn Mader.
She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
For our mother,
The Topazes Mystic
The past echoes from the southern skies
Ruled by Jupiter loved by Jove
The star child of Sagittarius falls to earth
She grew wild as the wandering wild red rose
Bare foot and free she dances with the wind
She grew stronger with each passing day
Days of chasing rainbow and sweet lullaby’s
Days of laughter days of tears
Filled with secrets and innocent dreams
The fable tale she had yet to read
With each turning page day dances with night
Twain eternal tempering twilight
Hallow is the moon waning to loves first kiss
All sorts of young suitors came to call
And within each of their hands lye a tariff
Shinny coins gold and silver, tin and brass
One by one tossing wishes in reflecting water
But only one will touch the temperance heart
Chills of passion fires of desires
Perfection of blending fire and water
Igniting the hearth that warms our home
Iron skillet and green glass jars she sips her tea
Centaur mother in her kitchen life
Peering out the window to the little girl
The little girl that once was me
You are the melody to my life’s song
Bubble gum refrain we all sing along
Sometimes a ballad or we dance a jig
Cuddles for blues back when I was a kid
Rhapsody reprise tutors the soul
Encore after encore for the Topazes Mystic
Iridescent rainbows splitters of light
A carpet of stars that dazzles this life
Sharp-witted and brass then tender and sweet
Weaving her wisdom, we snuggle in deep
A quilt of attics a mosaic of journeys
I keep the recites of time well spent
My heart full of love and a crown for my muse
Drink up this life you got nothing to lose
From girl to maiden mother to goddess
All the critics agree this is the greats show
You will ever see
Riemann Family Funeral Home, West Jackson County is serving the family.