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Ginni Evelyn Felling
February 9, 1933 ~ December 19, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Born Virginia Evelyn Ritchie on February 9th, 1933, in Henderson, TX to Lonnie M. Ritchie and
Eva M. Ritchie. She never cared for her given name and preferred “Ginni” for most of her life.
During the “Dust Bowl Era” she moved with her family from Oklahoma to California on one
single tank of gas as the family story goes. She was about eight years of age.
She was the oldest girl of five and the third oldest of eight siblings. She recounted caring for her
siblings at a very young age and standing on a soap box to clean dishes and help cook at the age
of five. This motherly role she developed led her to a great desire for children and a family of
her own one day.
She married at a young age to her first husband which was short lived and went on to marry in
her 20’s, Edward Harrison, who was fifteen years older than her. Love has no age restrictions.
He was a pastor, and they served the Lord together. She became a large part of their ministry.
They were a part of many camp meetings and revivals.
The longing of children most of her life led her to have the opportunity to help her brother
Gene and sister-in-law, Georgia who faced personal challenges. They adopted Gino Ritchie, who
was five years old at the time. She retold beautiful stories of her marriage to “Eddie” and
always described her great love for him. He passed away in 1973.
Joseph Felling, who became her third husband, knew both Ginni and Eddie a few years before
his passing and understood the love she had for him and the hurt she endured. He wanted to
be there and help as best he could to support her and Gino. A love for each other grew and
blossomed. They had their first and only child, Lisa, in 1975. She had had what she said were at
least 7 miscarriages in her life and was told she would never carry a baby full-term. God decided
it was time to bless her life-long desire for a child in His perfect timing. What was a surprise to
their daughter, Lisa, was that they announced in November of 1983 that they were going
married! Families all have that crazy story and some with a few extra! Joe passed away in 1999.
She had been primarily a homemaker most of her life and did that well. She, however, had a
little bit of an entrepreneurial drive and started her own business in the 80’s in a small
consignment store which she had for several years. She never outgrew the love of a thrift store
or garage sale. She was the ultimate bargain shopper and had a house neatly filled from wall to
wall of great finds to prove it!
She was very artistic, sung in a beautiful contralto voice for years with a very talented group of
her five sisters that called themselves “The Singing Ritchies’”. She loved painting ceramics and
did so beautifully and was a talented bowler on a league where she scored an incredible perfect
game of 300! Her love of books was incredible, and her dream of her own library eventually
came to fruition with nearly 1700 books doubled on the shelves of 9 bookcases which was
masterfully contained neatly in a small bedroom. One of her more distinguished gifts that the
Lord gave her was the ability to write beautiful poetry which was published in several poetry
Ginni Felling was a blessing to all who knew her. She was a strong, resilient, talented, God loving beautiful life. Her 90 years on this earth was not always easy and she endured many trials
and hardships but within all of them, God’s blessings and presence enveloped each one. She
loved and trusted in the Lord first and foremost.
The last Bible verse she wanted to convey is this…I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which
the Lord, the righteous Judge will award me on that day- and not only to me, but also to all who
have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Ginni was preceded in death by her husbands, Eddie and Joe, her brothers, Lonnie and Gene
Ritchie, sisters, Oni Oden and Bette Mininger. She is survived by her sisters: Vada Garrett of
North Carolina and Sharon Ritchie of Idaho, brother Steven Ritchie of Idaho and son, Gino
Harrison, daughter, Lisa Suemnick, son-in-law Boyd Suemnick, grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Cameron
and Anthony Harrison, Noah Suemnick, all of California and Hannah Suemnick of Florida.