Faywray ‘Fay’ Ritz

Faywray ‘Fay’ Ritz

Faywray” ’Fay” Ritz Was born May 15, 1934 inYakima, Washington, and passed away February 5, 2020 Brookings, OR. Fay is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald Ritz. Children Nancy Ritz Tamura, Randall Ritz and Jana (Shacon) Ritz.  Brothers, Bill (Virgina) Nicholson and Ernie Voekler, Sisters, Midge (Don) Smith, Jan (Russ) Wilderson, Maurine Peck and Nancy Waldburger. Sibling-in-laws,  Jerry ( Jean) Ritz, Bob (Terry) Ritz, Judi Manning and Jim (Gayl) Ritz. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Faywray was born in Yakima, Washington to Maurice and Helen Nicholson (Voelker), Who preceded her in death. At the age of one she was named Yakima’s prettiest baby. She later moved with her mother to Lincoln City, Oregon, where she met her future husband in  elementary school. After graduating from Taft High School, and a brief job with the telephone company in Sacramento, They married at the Nelscott Chapel on July 25, 1954 and resided in Otis Junction, Oregon. The family moved to Brookings in 1960.

Fay was active in bowling and coached youth at Azalea Lanes for many years. She served on the Oregon State Women’s Bowling Association  loard traveling widely with friends to State and National Tournaments from coast to coast. She was inducted into the Oregon State bowling Hall of Fame in 1999. Another of her proudest accomplishments was being recognized as a “Woman Pressman” working for the local Pilot newspaper under then owners - Dick and Polly Keusink. She and Don opened Ritz’s Repair car and truck engine shop in 1978 where Fay ran the office. One of her grandsons remembers his grandmother ruling the loggers and truck drivers who gathered in the office on many an afternoon. He was in AWE  of her “nonsense” attitude and the respect for this petite woman. After retiring from the repair shop, she helped run silhouette shooting matches and traveled to various events in Oregon and nationally with her husband. The traveling adventures they had! Fay’s other true love was reading a good book. She was rarely without one in her hands and spent many a walk to the public library. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Cards and letters may be sent to Brookings Redwood Funeral Home, or to 328 spruce Dr, Brookings, OR. 97415. A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday , May 15, 2020, Faywray’s 86th birthday, Mattie’s Restaurant from 3pm to 5pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Chetco Community Public Library in Fay’s memory.

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