Deborah Sue Ritenour, 57, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and formerly of Sumerduck, passed away May 13, 2018, after a long illness
She was born January 23, 1961, to the late Melvin Kenny and Louise Virginia Lenox Ritenour of Sumerduck.
Debbie’s most important role in life was that of a caretaker. She was a babysitter and served as a caretaker for her parents when each became chronically ill. She worked at the Sumerduck Dragway for many years in the concession stand. After her parents passed away, she worked with Wayne in the construction field until her health would no longer allow her to do manual labor. Always a hard worker, she didn’t give up and found work as a store clerk at several different locations until she became unable to work.
Debbie’s work ethic and drive in life were admirable. Those qualities enabled her to keep fighting through her illnesses. No one had a stronger fighting spirit than Debbie. Even as her body failed her, her mind and her spirit remained strong, as did her sense of humor and her sweet tooth.
An avid reader, Debbie preferred romance or murder mystery novels. She enjoyed all types of craft projects and any kind of puzzle she could get her hands on. As her health declined, she spent her time watching cooking shows, creating new recipes she dreamed of making, solving crossword and Sudoku puzzles, and playing old-fashioned, handheld video games. The game Tetris was her favorite.
She is survived by her companion of 27 years, Wayne Hardy of Harpers Ferry; five siblings, Ron (Jane) Edwards of Newport, N.C., Vicki (Dale) Doidge of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Mel Ritenour Jr. of Sumerduck, Tracy (Billy) Oldfather of Hume and Thomas Ritenour of Madison; eight nieces and nephews, and six grand nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Melvin Kenny and Louise Virginia Lenox Ritenour of Sumerduck, VA.
Debbie was the one who ensured the family traditions continued thru the years after the passing of her parents. Every holiday was extra special because of her excitement in honoring those traditions.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Moser’s Funeral Home in Warrenton. Following the service, the family will welcome guests at the home located at 13812 Royalls Mill Road in Sumerduck.