Travis nee Ritchey, Imogene Gladys

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Private committal at a later date.

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Virginia Mines Cemetery, Lonedell, MO


Imogene Gladys Travis of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on July 9, 2019, having reached the age of eighty-seven years, six months and two days. Imogene was born in St. Clair on January 7, 1932, daughter of Phillip Richard Ritchey and Blanche Edith Ritchey nee Gullett. On September 6, 1952, she was united in marriage to Ralph Benjamin Travis and two children came to bless this union.

Imogene is survived by her children, Carole Cartwright of St. Clair, MO, and Ralph W. Travis and wife, Barb, of Brooksville, FL; by four grandchildren, Dawn White and husband, Grant, of Newton, IL, Jason Travis and wife, Danielle, of St. Clair, Alicia Green and husband, Rusty, of Jefferson City, MO, and Natalie Hanson and husband, Britt, of Osage Beach, MO; by ten great-grandchildren, Maddison and Morgan White of Newton, Kennedy, Jaxon and Tyler Travis of St. Clair, Russell, Abel, Rylie and Christian Green of Jefferson City and Ava Fisher of Osage Beach; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Imogene was preceded in death by her father, Phillip R. Ritchey; by her mother, Blanche Ritchey Frankenberg; by her step-father, Raymond Frankenberg; by her husband, Ralph Travis, and by her sister, Carole J. Stahl.

Imogene was a Christian and lifelong devoted member of Virginia Mines Baptist Church in Lonedell, MO. As long as her health allowed, she was an active member of the church, having been a Sunday School teacher, church pianist, Vacation Bible school worker and offering her time for anything the church needed. During her working career she held a position in the office doing clerical work for International Shoe Company in St. Clair, MO, for about fifteen years. Imogene was a talented seamstress, having made clothes for her children and grandchildren. She had a variety of interests throughout her life. She loved taking pictures, working jigsaw puzzles, playing scrabble and visiting county capital seats. She also enjoyed reading, tending her flower garden and feeding the birds. Imogene loved all wildlife and in past years enjoyed her pet cats. Imogene was a lady in every sense of the word. She was a person that only saw the best in others. She smiled easily and laughed often and created joy for others. What meant most to her was time spent with her family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live on in their hearts forever.

A devoted and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 4:00 PM Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Kevin Pewitt officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date at Virginia Mines Cemetery, Lonedell, MO. Memorial may be made to Virginia Mines Cemetery, Lonedell, MO.