Deborah Sue Ritenour, born January 23, 1961, passed away May 13, 2018, after a long illness. She was 57 years old. She lived in Harpers Ferry, WV, and was originally from Sumerduck, VA.
She is survived by her companion of 27 years, Wayne Hardy of Harpers Ferry, WV; five siblings, Ron (Jane) Edwards of Newport, NC, Vicki (Dale) Doidge of Martinsburg, WV, Mel Ritenour, Jr. of Sumerduck, VA, Tracy (Billy) Oldfather of Hume, VA, and Thomas Ritenour of Madison, VA; 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’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 was admirable. It enabled her to keep fighting thru 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 Sudoko puzzles, and playing old fashioned, handheld video games. The game Tetris was her favorite.
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 Moser’s Funeral Home in Warrenton, Virginia on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 11:00 am. Following the service, the family will welcome guests at the family home located at 13812 Royalls Mill Road in Sumerduck, VA.
Our fine facility has ample parking, offers two chapels, family rooms, parlors, and an on-site crematory. Operated since 1836 - we are the oldest continuously operated business in Fauquier County, VA and centrally located in the county and close to most nursing homes and the hospital.