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Dorothy "Leona" Richey, 83, of Terre Haute, passed away at 5:22 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Union Hospital at Terre Haute. She retired from the Vigo County Courthouse after many years of service. She had also been employed at Woolco and CBS. She was born Feb. 2, 1934, in Harlan County, Ky., to Arlie Selvia and Mary Merkel Selvia.
Survivors include two sons, Ronny Richey and his wife Roxanne of Terre Haute and Keith Richey and his wife Michelle of Carmel; her stepmother, Mary Hendricks of West Terre Haute; a daughter-in-law, Chris Richey of Terre Haute; seven siblings, Benny Selvia (Patty) of Plainfield, Arlie Selvia Jr. of Brownswood, Texas, Sandy Dyer (Bob) of West Terre Haute, George "Sonny" Selvia (Nancy) of Mooresville, Vicki Shaw of West Terre Haute, Garry Selvia (Donna) of Terre Haute, and Kathy Ritter (Bill) of West Terre Haute. Leona nurtured 11 grandchildren, A.J. Richey, Brooke Bundy, Shaun Richey, Courtney Coleman, Casey Richey, Cody Richey, Jacob Richey, Mikaela Richey, Jared Richey, Michael Richey, Griffin McFarland; and 13 great-grandchildren. Her love and influence is spread throughout the state and country. Leona spent much of her time in the last few years spoiling her beloved dog, Billy.
She was preceded in death by a son, Danny Richey; a grandson, Ryan Richey; a brother, Earl Selvia; and a sister, Evelyn Carol Selvia.
Leona was baptized in The King's Harvest Foursquare Gospel Church in Terre Haute. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved more than life. Her tribe meant the world to her. Grandma Leona, Granny Oni to some, was a champion "baby rocker" and "knee bouncer". She sang songs and told tales that still ring in the ears of those blessed to hear them.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, with Pastor Dennis Leek officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be 12 noon until service time Thursday. In memory, spend time with family, dance to good music, give special attention to a four-legged friend, or throw on a pair of silly glasses to evoke some laughs...that is what Leona would wish for you. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in the form desired by friends.
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Published on October 17, 2017
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