Brenda Joyce Rittenhouse(née Harrison), of Grove City, OH died in her home, surrounded by her family on November 20, 2016. She was 68 years old.
Brenda is survived by her husband Cliff Rittenhouse, children Carrie Rittenhouse of Buffalo, NY; Cathy Walton of Grove City, OH and Cliff (Stephanie)Rittenhouse of Seville, OH; her five grandchildren Harley Walton, Samantha Walton, Gavin Rittenhouse, Conner Rittenhouse and Quinten Masse; brother-in-law Dale (Joyce) Rittenhouse; sister-in-law Carolyn Byrum, brother Billy (Janie) Harrison, brother Troy (Shirley) Harrison, sister Dilma Tartt, sister Louise Schroeder, brother Paul (Christie) Harrison, and sister Kate Harrison as well as many loving nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents Ruby Nell McGonnagal and James Aaron Harrison of Houlka, MS, her sister Linda Harrison, bother-in law Steve Schroeder, sister Shirley Harrison Thomas, sister Nita Sue Wood.
Brenda was born on August 30, 1948, in Pontotoc, MS, to Ruby Nell and Aaron Harrison along with her 10 brothers and sisters. Brenda met her soul mate Cliff not long after graduation while on a trip to Ohio to see her sister Shirley. She married Cliff in 1967, and the adventure soon began. Over ten years, the couple welcomed three children into their home and Brenda set about teaching them the compassion, hard work, and skills that would forge their eventual careers. Brenda went on in life to pursure her love of nursing, touching hundreds of lives over her many years. Her husband, surviving children and family remember her as a beautiful, loving, compassionate woman and a patient mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
In addition to her career, Brenda was accomplished at sewing, baking, antique bargain shopping. She enjoyed her grandchildren and life as a whole, participating in all of the life activities she could. She was a hard-working individual who loved her family, nursing, collecting Gone With the Wind, dog and shoe figurines. She was passionate about her children and grand children recieving a well-rounded education.
Brenda passed away peacefully in her home after a heroic battle with cancer. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, and a woman you could always rely on for a warm shoulder and compassionate ear.
A Celebration of Brenda’s life is being planned for Janunary 2017 for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family asks to please make a donation to the American Cancer Society or Ohio Health Hospice to support other families in their time of need.
Arrangements entrusted to Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society/Rodman-Snyder Memorial Center.
Please visit www.OhioCremation.org to leave the family an online condolence.